Word 2007 and later: Table Tools tabs

December 30, 2011

In a comment on one of my posts about showing table grid lines, Bill asked for more information on how to get Table Tools to display in Word 2007 and Word 2010.

Text instructions

  1. Click inside any table. Table Tools shows above the ribbon.
  2. Once Table Tools is showing, there are two tabs just for tables — Design and Layout.

Visual instructions

Table Tools not showing

Table Tools not showing as cursor is outside the table

In the screen shot above, the cursor (1) is in the caption, NOT in the table, so Table Tools is not showing above the ribbon (2).

In the screen shot below, the cursor (1) is in the table, so Table Tools is showing above the ribbon (2), and the Design and Layout tabs (3) for tables are also displayed.

Table Tools is showing

Table Tools (and its tabs) are showing because the cursor is in the table

[Links last checked December 2011]


  1. I spent an hour trying to figure out how to turn on the gridlines. Ridiculous!

  2. Thank you, that worked. I’m grateful.

    But everything after 2003 is not as intuitive. KISS, KISS, Microsoft. Every time you try to improve something, you make it harder.

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