Quick Table Tip: Delete versus Backspace

Have you ever wanted to delete a cell, row, column, or maybe even a complete table, but when you tap the Delete key, the contents get zapped, while the table structure remains behind? There’s a simple solution: the Backspace key.

When you want to delete the contents of all or a part of a table, the Delete key is what you want. Like a disgusting dinner guest, the Delete key clears the table, but keeps the table where it is.

The Backspace key, on the other hand, is the stronger magic wand. It deletes the selected part of the table as well as what’s in it. And, if “what to do with what’s left” is in question, it prompts you, as shown here.

So, if there’s an unwanted row or column, just select it and tap the Backspace key. Of course, make sure that’s what you really want.

Unbalanced tables can be useful, but not if you just wanted to delete the contents of a cell. So… Delete or Backspace. It’s your choice. Different tools for different tasks, when it comes to tables.

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2 Responses to Quick Table Tip: Delete versus Backspace

  1. I knew this worked for entire tables but wouldn’t have thought to use it for rows, columns, or cells. Thanks!

  2. herbt3 says:

    As I was editing a report this morning, I remembered how I used to struggle with trying to delete–rather than just empty–rows and columns. I just selected and tapped the Backspace key, almost without thinking–but then, I stopped to think… not everybody has read the Word 2010 Bible. 😉

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