Troubles with Tables - Table Wrangling!

Subject: Troubles with Tables - Table Wrangling!
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Collin T <tutivillus -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 17:05:50 -0500

Collin Turner reports: <<I'm having Table issues in MS Word... a developer dropped a table that falls way out of the margins. Nothing I do seems to get it to behave properly (get back in the margins.) I've tried forcing it to fit, splitting it, resizing, etc. The * -at- #!! thing just seems to defy the rules of logic and common sense.>>

If you're cussed like me and want to figure out why it's misbehaving, click to position the cursor within the table, open the Table menu, and select Table Properties. Often, you'll see "Preferred width" selected in one or more of the tabs, and that can screw you up. Deselect 'em all, and manually resize the columns.

But the easiest way to tame a misbehaving table is to select the whole table (Table-->Select-->Table), then convert it to tab-delimited text (Table-->Convert-->Table to text, then choose tabs). Then reverse the process: select the text, then convert it back into a table (Table-->Convert-->Text to table).

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Geoff Hart ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca
(try geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com if you don't get a reply)
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