Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Working with Table Layout and Design
Controlling how tables break
Sometimes you don’t particularly care how tables break across pages, but sometimes you do.
When you need to keep certain rows together on a page:
1. Select the rows in question.
2. Click Properties in the Table group of the Layout tab (or right-click the
selection and choose Table Properties from the shortcut menu).
3. Click the Row tab, and under Options uncheck the Allow row to break across
pages check box.
4. Click OK.
To force a table to break at a particular point, move the insertion point to anywhere in the
row where you want the break to occur, and then press Ctrl+Enter. Note that this doesn’t
simply force the table to break at that point; it actually breaks the table into two tables.
If the Repeat as header row at the top of each page setting on the Row tab of the Table
Properties dialog box is enabled for the ﬁ rst row(s) of the original table, it won’t be
inherited by the “new” table. You’fill have to copy the heading row to the new table and reinstate
the setting, if needed.
Merging table cells
Sometimes you need to merge columns, rows, or cells. For example, it’s common to merge
the cells in the top row of a table to create one larger cell to hold a title for the table.
Merging cells is easy. Select the cells you want to merge and click Merge Cells in the Merge
group of the Layout tab (refer to Figure 9.15).
You also can use the table eraser in the Layout tab’s Draw group. Click the Eraser tool, and then click on the table
gridline or border segment to remove. To turn the eraser off, click its Ribbon button again, or press the Esc key.
Word can’t really merge rows or columns. Suppose you need to merge the cells from two
columns into a single column on each row. What you want to end up with is the same number
of rows with one less column. If you select both columns and click Merge Cells, however,
Word treats that as a request to merge all the cells in the selection, and you end up with
one big cell with the entries jumbled together. This is illustrated in Figure 9.18. The HIGH
and LOW columns were merged, resulting in one big cell of useless data. There is no way
around this. To get the desired result, you would have to select the HIGH and LOW column
entries on each row and merge them individually.