Microsoft Office

How to Create Table in Office without using mouse and menus

This is one of the simplest tricks in Office and its called Easter Eggs. Most of you must be knowing about Easter Eggs and creating a table in Word and Outlook without using mouse and menus is an Easter Egg in Office. So here is the process of creating table easily in Word and Outlook.

Step1: First type +____+______+______+ and press enter

Step2: When you press enter, you can see a new table created with a row.


Step3: To create more row, press TAB.


In this ‘ + ‘ represents the column borders and ‘ _ ‘ or ‘ – ‘ represents the length of the each column. This trick can be used in MS Word and Outlook.

What are Easter Eggs?

Easter eggs are messages, graphics, sound effects, or an unusual change in program behavior that sometimes occur in a software program in response to some undocumented set of commands, mouse clicks, keystrokes or other stimuli intended as a joke or to display program credits. (Source: Wikipedia)

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  1. Wow, that’s a super handy easter egg for keyboard ninjas like me! Thanks!

  2. Very nice tip. Havent knew this before. 😛

  3. Thats interesting man…. Great easter egss trick.. Thanks. 🙂

  4. @Thilak, Veerasundar and Manas,
    Glad that you liked it.

  5. I also got this in mail today from one of my frind in Infosys 😛 … a little exploration made me aware that it works with

    +—-+—-+—+ and +====+====+=====+ also .. i.e minus and equals 😛

    I wonder there are many more hidden there

  6. I dont think they are easter eggs. If you are a big fan of simple txt files, you use this method to create tables in text files. I think Word converts that format to word format.

  7. nice tips
    i think u r guru of Microsoft office applicationss

  8. This is cool. Thanks for sharing. =)

  9. Great tip but this isn’t an easter egg.

    ‘A virtual Easter egg is an intentional hidden message or feature in an object such as a movie, book, CD, DVD, computer program, or video game.’

    This is purely a keyboard shortcut to help you create tables. If you typed this command and a fun little game popped up (or a funny message), then it would be an easter egg.

  10. Its not an easter egg, its like saying if u type a row full of underscores and enter , word wil draw a line. Its a shortcut feature as Adam rightly pointed out.

  11. Guys, this is a very nice trick indeed. But your German is SO BAD (!!!!) it would be better if you wrote in English. Google or Bablefish do not translate text. Interpreters do.

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