You can delete data in cells just by selecting the data and pressing the Delete key. If you want to delete data and the cell itself, you have two options:
Delete a cell and shift adjacent rows or columns. This creates an odd-shaped table.
Delete the data and cell borders. This keeps the table symmetrical but often merges cells.
To delete a cell and change the physical layout of a table, follow these steps:
1. Select the cell or cells you want to delete.
2. Click the Layout tab under the Table Tools tab.
3. Click the Delete icon in the Rows & Columns group.
A pull-down menu appears (refer to Figure 6-23).
4. Choose Delete Cells.
The Delete Cells dialog box appears.
5. Select the radio button for Shift Cells Left or Shift Cells Up.
6. Click OK.
Word deletes your chosen cells and shifts cells left or up, creating an odd-shaped table in the process, as shown in Figure 6-24.
When you delete a cell, Word shifts any remaining cells left or up.