The Layout tab includes the options for formatting and working with tables. The tab is a context based, so it is only displayed in the ribbon while you are working in a table. To display the tab click anywhere inside a table.
Click Select, then choose from Table, Column, or Row from the sub menu.
Toggles table gridlines on and off.
Locks the table layout so it is not accidentally resized. Select again to unlock table.
Rows and columns
Click Delete, then choose from Cells, Columns, Rows, or Tables from the sub menu.
Inserts a new row above the current row.
Inserts a new row below the current row.
Inserts a new row to the left of the current row.
Inserts a new row to the right of the current row.
Move Row Up or Down
Click Move, then choose Move Row Up or Move Row Down from the sub menu.
Removes the border style from the table.
Applies the border style to all cells in the table.
Applies the border style to the outside borders of the table.
Select Shading, then choose the shading color from the sub menu.
Select Borders, then choose the border style attributes, including borders, weight, and line color from the sub menu.
Adjust Row Height
Use the Height selector to apply specific sizing to selected rows.
Adjust Column Width
Use the Width selector to apply specific sizing to selected columns.
Evenly distributes the height of selected rows.
Evenly distributes the width of selected columns.
Merges the selected cells into one cell.
Splits the selected cell into two cells.
Splits the selected table into two tables.
Aligns the selected cell content to the top of the cell.
Aligns the selected cell content to the middle of the cell.
Aligns the selected cell content to the bottom of the cell.
Changes the direction of the text in the selected cells. Repeated clicking moves you through the directions - left, down, and up.
Repeat Heading Rows
Repeats the table's heading row when the table continues on a new page in the printed output.
Allow Row Break
Allows the selected row to break across pages in the Word output.