By default, when you create a table in Word, it is aligned with the left margin. You may want to make your tables stand out a bit by indenting them, but this cannot be done using the same formatting tools you would use to indent a paragraph.

We’ll show you a couple of ways you can easily indent a table in Word. First, you can use the table handle in the upper-left corner of the table. Click and hold the handle and then drag it to the right to move the entire table.

If you want to be more precise how far you indent the table, there is another way to do it. Right-click on the table handle in the upper-left corner of the table and select “Table Properties” from the popup menu.

On the Table Properties dialog box, make sure the Table tab is active. Enter an amount in the “Indent from left” edit box to indicate how far you want to indent the entire table. For example, we entered 0.5 inches to indent our table a half an inch.

NOTE: By default, the measurement units are in inches, but you can change that to centimeters, millimeters, points, or picas.

Our entire table is indented half an inch from the left margin.

You can also use the Table tab on the Table Properties dialog box to center or right-align the entire table.

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