Word: Number of rows and/or columns in a table

November 12, 2012

Jeff wanted to know how to find out how many rows he had in a very long table in his Word document. Word Count doesn’t tell you — it tells you how many lines in the document, but each cell (except one) in a table is treated as a ‘line’ for Word Count purposes.

You can find out how many rows (and/or columns) there are in an individual table by checking the table properties. Here’s how:

  1. Select the entire table. This selects all rows and columns.
  2. Right-click on the selected table and select Table Properties from the shortcut menu.
  3. Click on the Row tab — the number of rows selected is listed at the top of the dialog box.
  4. Click on the Column tab — the number of columns selected is listed at the top of the dialog box.
  5. Click Cancel to close the Table Properties dialog box.

NOTE 1: If you now select another table to check its number of rows and columns, you may find that when the Table Dialog box opens to the last-viewed tab (Row or Columns, no numbers are displayed. Just go back to the Table tab, then click the Row or Column tab again and the number will display.

NOTE 2: Merged cells are mostly treated as though the rows and columns existed as they did when the table was first created. However, if you’ve merged all the cells from several adjacent rows, the row count will reduce.


  1. Ha :)
    Simple, but clever. Good job!

  2. Hi,

    Is there any way to automatically display this information. Say I want to enter a new line outside the table like “The table contains x rows”, where x is the no. of rows. I think the only way to go is to row tab , find the column no. and then manually enter it.

    Do you think this can be done via quickparts or anything so that if even if I update the table, the statement updates itself.

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