4 Quick Ways to Make Your Word Table Cell Accommodate More Characters

In the following article, we will provide you with 4 quick ways to enable your Word table cell accommodate more characters.

While working on a Word table which requires fixed size, you may come across such a situation when a certain cell fails to accommodate enough words you need. Therefore, this article aims at offering you 4 different methods available in 2 varying situations. Just take a look and apply them accordingly.

Situation 1: No Requirements on Font and Font Size

First, if your Word document has no requirements on font or font size, then you are in luck. You can easily input more content in a table cell by changing the font and font size of texts. For instance, bellowing is a sample:An Example

  1. First of all, select the table by click the plus sign on the upper-left corner.
  2. Then go to click “Home” tab.
  3. Next you can choose to change a font or font size.Select Table -> Click "Home" -> Change Font or Font Size

Here we decide to choose a smaller font size so we will be able to enter more letters in the table cells, such as below:Effect of Changing Font Size

Situation 2: A Table with Fixed Font and Font Size

Then, here comes our second situation when the font and font size cannot be changed. To deal with this issue, we have 3 effectual methods.

Method 1: Make a Table Cell Fit Text

  1. Firstly, place your cursor at the target cell which needs space for more characters.
  2. Secondly, right click.
  3. Then choose “Table Properties” on the list-menu.Choose "Table Properties"
  4. Now there will be the “Table Properties” dialog box. First you click “Cell” option on the top row.
  5. Then you click “Options” button on the right-down side to open the “Cell Options” dialog box.
  6. Now, check “Fit text” box.
  7. Click “OK”.
  8. And remember to click “OK” in “Table Properties” dialog box, too.Click "Cell" -> Click "Optons" -> Check "Fit text" -> Click "OK" in Both Dialog Boxes

Now you can see there is a colored underline in the target table cell, and you can input the characters you need.Effect of Setting "Fit text" Option

Method 2: Alter Cell margins

  1. To begin with, you need to repeat from step 1 to 5 in method 1.
  2. Then, uncheck the “Same as the whole table” box.
  3. Now you can notice you will be able to alter the cell margins. By default, the top and bottom margins are set in “0”. You can choose to decrease the left and right margins or just set them in “0”, too.
  4. Lastly, click “OK” button in both “table Properties” and “Cell Options” dialog boxes.Click "Cell" -> Click "Options" -> Uncheck "Same as the whole table" Text Box -> Set Cell Margiins as "0" -> Click "OK" in Both Dialog Boxes

Below is the effect you shall achieve:Effect of Setting Cell Margins

Method 3: Modify Font Spacing

  1. First of all, select text in the target table cell.
  2. Then click “Home” tab.
  3. And click the extend button in “Font” group to open the “Font” dialog box.
  4. Then click “Advanced” option.
  5. Next, choose “Condensed” on the drop-down list of “Spacing”.
  6. Finally, click “OK” to save changes.Select Text -> Click "Home" -> Click the Expand Button in "Font" -> Click "Advanced" -> Choose "Condensed" for Spacing -> Click "OK"

The cell size doesn’t change, but you are now able to enter more words.Effect of Modifyig Font Spacing

Comparison of 3 Methods in Situation 2

Methods Advantages Disadvantages
Make a Table Cell Fit Text You can add characters as much as you like. 1.       More steps required comparatively

2.       With more characters added, the display effect of texts will get compromised.

3.       When put cursor in target cell, a colored underline will show.

4.       For cells which contain more than one line, you may be unable to see some of the characters added.

Alter Cell margins 1.       With more characters added, the display effect of texts will not get compromised.

2.       This method can be applied to cells with multiple lines.

1.       More steps required comparatively

2.       You cannot add characters as much as you like.

 

Modify Font Spacing 1.       Fewer steps required comparatively

2.       This method can be applied to cells with multiple lines.

3.       You can add characters as much as you like.

Though you can add characters as much as you like, the display effect of texts will get compromised.

 

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