How to hide a column in Word

You can hide a column in Word, all it takes is a little trickery.

Sometimes you want to hide a table column in a Word document but according to Microsoft you can’t do it. Here’s how to do it anyway.

It’s true that there’s no explicit ‘hide column’ option like in Excel but you can fake it in various ways. Here’s the example table we’ll use. We want to have the list in order of stepping on the moon but not display the order column.

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You might think that the ‘Hidden’ formatting option (Font | Effects | Hidden) would do the trick but that only works for the contents of table cells, not the cells or column.

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But the Hidden attribute gets you part way there. To finish the job, change the cell formatting to remove the vertical column border. Then narrow the columns and you have what looks like a single column table.

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To prove we didn’t cheat, here’s the same table showing the column separator (in Word 2013) and the columns in the ruler.

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Narrowing the column might require using a small font size.