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How to move a table in Microsoft Word

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Although you’ll probably struggle to format your Word document as you write it, there may come a time when you need to rearrange items. This is common if you use images, objects and, for this guide, tables.

If you find that your table would work better in a different place in your document, we’ll show you a couple of ways to move it. Once you change its location, you may also need to make adjustments to the text around it. Let’s take a look.

Drag to move a table

The easiest way to move a table in Microsoft Word is to drag it. This allows you to place the table virtually anywhere you like.

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Select your entire table by clicking on it and then grabbing the table handle shown at the top left. You should see your entire table and its content highlighted.

Selected table in Word

Drag the table controller to move the table. As you do, you’ll see a dotted outline so you can drop it when you find the right spot.

Dotted outline for dragging a table

This method works best if you move the table a short distance or within a few pages.

Cut or copy and paste to move a table

Sometimes dragging to move a table is not convenient. For example, you might want to move the table from page 20 to page 10. Instead of dragging through all those pages, you can cut or copy and paste the table.

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Select your entire table by clicking on the table handle. Right click and choose “Cut” or “Copy” or use the Cut or Copy button in the Clipboard section of the Home tab.

If you choose “Cut”, this removes the table from its location. If you choose “Copy”, this keeps a copy of the table in its original place.

Cut and copy in context menu

Place the cursor in the document where you want to insert the cut or copied table. Right click and select “Paste” or use the Paste button in the Clipboard section of the Home tab.

Paste in the Home tab

This gives you a clean way to move your table around without dragging tons of paragraphs or pages.

Fit table to text

After moving the table, you may need to adjust the text around it depending on where you place it. You can wrap the text around the table or do the opposite to keep the table in its own space.

Select the table, right click and choose “Table Properties”.

Table properties in context menu

On the Table tab, you will see the text wrapping options at the bottom. You can choose “None” to keep the table and text in their own locations or “Around” to wrap the text around the table.

Text wrapping for a table

If you choose “Around”, you can click “Positioning” to do things like enter an exact position relative to paragraphs or margins, choose the distance of the text, or move the table with the text.

Positioning for text wrapping

For more details on how to wrap text around your table, check out our tutorial.

RELATED: How to wrap text around a table in Microsoft Word

Want to reorganize your Word document more? Take a look at how to freely move images or how to move or copy text.

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