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How to copy a table in Microsoft Word (Office app)?

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This article will document a super simple solution to an infuriating and stupid issue you might run into in Microsoft Office Word. Or maybe you might not, but I did. Can you tell I’m just sharing my own pains and whatever I needed to google and didn’t find a solution for?

Yeah, another one of these. But hey – maybe this’ll be useful to someone else, too!

Problem

Table of Contents

Long story short – copy-pasting this:

Becomes this:

WHAT – that’s no table. That’s just weirdly spaced text in neat-ish columns.

Taking a closer look, pasting options are rubbish – you can paste text only, or.. Well, it’s just text only.

There’s no obvious reason why you can’t paste a table. But luckily, the solution is simple – Word has a built-in way to duplicate tables, no need for any fancy tricks!

Solution

Time needed: 1 minute.

How to copy a table in Microsoft Word?

  1. (Optional) Make sure the table doesn’t have irrelevant wrapping options selected

    Yes, I was lying about there being no need for fancy tricks. If you want to avoid trouble when you’re copying your table, you should probably do this:
    1. Click the table using right mouse button
    2. Select “Table Properties”
    3. Select “None” for “Text Wrapping”

    This’ll minimize the chances of your table formatting going crazy on copy.
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  2. Select the table

    Click the table by hitting the small icon at the top of the table.
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  3. Ctrl-move the table

    Don’t even try to copy-paste. Just press & hold CTRL down, and DRAG the table to a new location and you’ll actually create a copy.
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The created copies are not linked to the old table, so you can modify them to be whatever you want. Go crazy!


PS. I don’t know why they didn’t teach this in school.

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