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When you have a document containing several tables, consistency is key. You can easily make each table and format it from scratch the same way. But to save time, create a table template that you can reuse in Word.

Microsoft Word offers a feature called Quick Tables which provides a gallery of prebuilt tables. So, when you create a table that you want to reuse, you’ll save it to that gallery. Then, simply pop the table in when you need it and edit it for the new data.

Create and Format a Table in Word

Whether you draw a custom table in Word or create a standard one using the Insert menu, you can save and reuse it.

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Go to the Insert tab and select the Table drop-down arrow. Choose “Insert Table” or “Draw Table” per your preference. You can also use the grid at the top of the drop-down menu to pick the number of rows and columns to quickly insert a table.

Insert Table menu in Word

Select the table by clicking the table handle on the top left of it. Then, head to the Table Design tab to apply shading, add a border, use banded rows or columns, or pick a table style. Use the Font section of the ribbon on the Home tab to customize the font as you normally would in your document.

Table Design tab in Word

Optionally, you can add data to your table if you plan to use that same data again. This is handy for column or row headers.

Formatted table with data in Word

Save a Table as a Template

When you finish creating and formatting your table and are ready to save it, select the table again.

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Return to the Insert tab and the Table drop-down menu. This time, move to Quick Tables and select “Save Selection to Quick Tables Gallery” at the bottom of the pop-out window.

Save to Gallery option in the Insert Table menu

You can then add a name, pick a category, and insert a description for your table. Keep the Gallery option set to “Tables” and the Save In option set to “Building Blocks.” Click “OK.”

Create New Building Block window for the table

Reuse Your Table Template

To reuse a table template in your current document, start by placing your cursor in the document where you want the table.

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Go to Insert > Table, move your cursor to Quick Tables, and scroll down in the pop-out box. You should see your saved table at the bottom in the General section.

Table selected in the Quick Tables Gallery

Select the table and it’ll plop right into your document. From there, you can add more data or edit the existing data as needed. You can also change the formatting if necessary.

To reuse your template in other Word documents you create, close your current document saving it first if needed. You’ll see a prompt letting you know that you made changes to Building Blocks. Choose “Save.”

Prompt to save a Building Block in Word

Note: If you’ve made changes to other Building Blocks that you don’t want to keep, you’ll need to select “Don’t Save.” Just note that your table template will not be saved or available in future Word documents.

When you start a new word document, you should see your table template in the Quick Tables gallery as described above.

Remove a Table Template

If you want to delete a table template you create, you can do so from the Building Blocks Organizer.

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To navigate there quickly, return to Insert > Table > Quick Tables and right-click your template in the pop-out window. Select “Organize and Delete” in the shortcut menu.

Organize and Delete in the shortcut menu

This opens the Building Blocks Organizer with your table selected. You can then use the Delete button at the bottom to remove the table template. To change the name or description, select “Edit Properties.” Click “Close” when you finish.

Building Blocks Organizer in Word

When you spend time perfectly sizing, formatting, and arranging a table in Word, remember that you can save and reuse that table as a template.

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