At some point or other, you will want to align data or text into columns and rows in a Word document. Using the Tab key to align your data would be tedious and inefficient. The best option is to create a table for your document.
There are a couple of different ways to create a table. The easiest way is to use a button to create your table:
1. Position your cursor where you would like to insert the table in your document
2. Open the Insert ribbon
3. Click Table in the Tables section
4. You will see a grid of boxes on the drop-down menu. These correspond to rows and columns
5. Set the number of rows and columns your table will have by clicking on the grid
This creates a table with uniformly sized columns and rows. To customize the table, right-click on the table handle (the double-headed arrow at the top left corner of the table). The shortcut menu will give you formatting options. Select Table Properties for advanced table formatting options.