Insert a tab within a table cell in Microsoft Word
February 01, 2009
Most Popular | Microsoft Word | Troubleshooting

I just lost 20 minutes trying to line up a list of numbers inside a table cell in Word. The problem was that clicking "tab" only caused the cursor to jump, usually outside the table entirely, but sometimes to the next cell.

The help files were mute on the subject, except to imply that it was the keyboard shortcuts settings in OS X's System Preferences that were at fault. I tried other key combinations but did not hit on the right one.

The correct key combination for inserting a tab into text within a table cell is "Control-tab".

Thanks to Projectwoman for this solution.

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Posted by ellen at February 01, 2009 09:34 PM


Thanks for the help... It saved me a lot of time.

this is great -- exactly the kind of answer MS should have anticipated.

I was trying to do the same thing on Windows and this worked. Thanks!

Thank you for sharing!! This is SO frustrating.

Thank you, you've saved me a lot of time and frustration.

Thanks!!!! Helped a LOT!!!!!

THANK YOU! I knew it would probably be something easy, but I also knew it would take me a while to figure it out, and thankfully, you were my hero! Why oh why does MS hide such valuable information? Again, many thanks!

gawd! THANK YOU!! Really, thank you.. I almost gave up and raped the spacebar...


I was just hanging myself! you saved my life!

thx for sharing !!!

thank you!

THANK YOU! I just spent forever trying to figure this out!

If it doesn't seem to work, you probably have a search window open. Then the control tab will switch the focus between the main window and the search window. After you close the search window, the control tab will insert a tab in the table.

I've been cut and pasting the section I wanted to use tabs in into a second document (without a table), setting up the tabs there and then pasting the finished document back into the original. This worked fine, but your solution is much less complicated. Why Microsoft wouldn´t simply make the tabs work normally inside a table in the first place is frustrating to say the least.

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