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Entering Text and Navigating in a Table

Entering text into the table is very straightforward. Click in the first cell of the table (the open box where the first column and first row of the table meet) and enter the appropriate text. To move to the next cell (horizontally, then vertically), press the Tab key. You can continue to move through the cells in the tables by pressing Tab and entering your text. If you want to back up a cell, press Shift+Tab. This moves you to the cell to the left of the current cell and selects any text entered in that cell.

Several other keyboard combinations are useful as you work in your table:

  • Alt+Home Takes you to the first cell in the current row

  • Alt+Page Up Takes you to the top cell in the current column

  • Alt+End Takes you to the last cell in the current row

  • Alt+Page Down Takes you to the last cell in the current column

Of course, you can use the mouse to click any cell of the table at any time.

Deleting text in the table is really no different from deleting text in your document. Select text in the table and press Delete to remove it. If you want to delete text in an entire row, but you want to keep the row in the table, place the mouse pointer at the left edge of the particular row. The mouse arrow pointer appears in the selection area. Click to select the entire row. When you press Delete, all the text in the cells in that particular row is deleted. You can also use a column pointer (a solid black arrow; place the mouse at the top of any column) to select an entire column and delete text using the Delete key.

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