"Excel 2007 Table: How to Create and Use the Table Feature in Excel 2007?"

The Excel 2007 table is simply a rectangular range of structured data. It consists of several rows and columns and is a great way to organize little bits of data into a meaningful picture.

For example, if each row contains information about an employee, the columns can contain data such as name, employee number, hire date, salary, department, and so on.

There are three ways to create a table in Excel 2007, and each method has its purpose.

1) Use Insert Table dialog box
2) Use Table icon
3) Draw the table

To create a table with Insert Table dialog box

  • Open a new worksheet or workbook.
  • On the Insert tab, in the Tables group, click on the Table icon.

  • OR press Ctrl + T.

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  • From the Create Table dialog box displayed, Excel tries to guess the range, and whether the table has a header row. Most of the time, it guesses correctly. If not, make your corrections by click and drag the ranges to create the table.
  • Click OK.

To add text to a Excel 2007 table

  • When the table first appears on the worksheet, the insertion point is place in the first cell of the table.
  • To insert the data to the table, just start typing.
  • To moves between cells, you can use the mouse to click the particular cell or use the following keystrokes:
  • Tab - Move to the next cell.
    Shift + Tab - Move to the previous cell.
    Down Arrow - Move to the next row.
    Up Arrow - Move to the previous row.

If you want to apply formatting to one or more cells, rows or columns; you must first select the cells to be affected. Here are the selection techniques:

To select a row

  • Move the mouse to the left of a cell in the first column, and the mouse pointer changes to a right-pointing arrow. Click to select the entire table row.
    OR press Shift + Space.

To select a column

  • Move the mouse to the top of a cell in the header row, and the mouse pointer changes to a down-pointing arrow. Click to select the data in the column.
  • Click a second time to select the entire table column (including the header).

  • OR press Ctrl + Space (once or twice)

To select the entire Excel 2007 table

  • Move the mouse to the upper-left part of the upper-left cell. When the mouse pointer turns into a diagonal arrow, click to select the data area of the table. Click a second time to select the entire table.
    OR press Ctrl + A (once or twice)

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