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Al G.
 
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Default Table width behavior

MS Word's definition of "column width" as it applies to tablets is in
fact a table slightly wider than the column width. This allows text in
tables to match the text column outside.

For example, if I have a column width of 6.5-in, Word creates a tablet
that is essentially wider on each side by the margin from the border to
the first character. If you set the column with to 6.5-in, Word will not
align it properly with the column width -- still offset on left side.

I cannot find a way to change or fix the table width using styles
(always seems disabled) nor fix the alignment so the border is properly
lined up with the column width. Is there some setting I have missed to
change this behavior?

I know there are times when you may want this behavior like borderless
tables but not with borders.

Al
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Anne Troy
 
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Default Table width behavior

Hi. Try clicking inside the table and set the TABLE width to be 95 or 96
PERCENT (something like that). Center the table.
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Anne Troy
www.OfficeArticles.com

"Al G." wrote in message
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MS Word's definition of "column width" as it applies to tablets is in fact
a table slightly wider than the column width. This allows text in tables
to match the text column outside.

For example, if I have a column width of 6.5-in, Word creates a tablet
that is essentially wider on each side by the margin from the border to
the first character. If you set the column with to 6.5-in, Word will not
align it properly with the column width -- still offset on left side.

I cannot find a way to change or fix the table width using styles (always
seems disabled) nor fix the alignment so the border is properly lined up
with the column width. Is there some setting I have missed to change this
behavior?

I know there are times when you may want this behavior like borderless
tables but not with borders.

Al



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Tony Jollans
 
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Default Table width behavior

For a whole table ..
Table Properties Table (tab)
Click on Options
Set Left and Right to 0

For one column (or other combination of cells) ..
Select the column
Table Properties Cell (tab)
Click on Options
Uncheck "Same as whole table"
Set Left and Right to 0

To change a table style - in the Modify Style Dialog, Select Table
Properties from the Format button and proceed as above.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"Al G." wrote in message
om...
MS Word's definition of "column width" as it applies to tablets is in
fact a table slightly wider than the column width. This allows text in
tables to match the text column outside.

For example, if I have a column width of 6.5-in, Word creates a tablet
that is essentially wider on each side by the margin from the border to
the first character. If you set the column with to 6.5-in, Word will not
align it properly with the column width -- still offset on left side.

I cannot find a way to change or fix the table width using styles
(always seems disabled) nor fix the alignment so the border is properly
lined up with the column width. Is there some setting I have missed to
change this behavior?

I know there are times when you may want this behavior like borderless
tables but not with borders.

Al



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Al G.
 
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Default Table width behavior

That does work but the text is up against the border. I know how to add
fake cell spacing (use paragraph formatting on cell text) but that is a
probably not a good idea.

The % and then center works too although this can not be saved as a
style (the percentage part).

Al

Tony Jollans wrote:
For a whole table ..
Table Properties Table (tab)
Click on Options
Set Left and Right to 0

For one column (or other combination of cells) ..
Select the column
Table Properties Cell (tab)
Click on Options
Uncheck "Same as whole table"
Set Left and Right to 0

To change a table style - in the Modify Style Dialog, Select Table
Properties from the Format button and proceed as above.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"Al G." wrote in message
om...
MS Word's definition of "column width" as it applies to tablets is in
fact a table slightly wider than the column width. This allows text in
tables to match the text column outside.

For example, if I have a column width of 6.5-in, Word creates a tablet
that is essentially wider on each side by the margin from the border to
the first character. If you set the column with to 6.5-in, Word will not
align it properly with the column width -- still offset on left side.

I cannot find a way to change or fix the table width using styles
(always seems disabled) nor fix the alignment so the border is properly
lined up with the column width. Is there some setting I have missed to
change this behavior?

I know there are times when you may want this behavior like borderless
tables but not with borders.

Al



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Tony Jollans
 
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Default Table width behavior

I think maybe I didn't fully understand originally.

I also think maybe you just have to allow for the border width in your
calculations - and find values for all the elements which give you what you
want - there's no precise answer.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"Al G." wrote in message
om...
That does work but the text is up against the border. I know how to add
fake cell spacing (use paragraph formatting on cell text) but that is a
probably not a good idea.

The % and then center works too although this can not be saved as a
style (the percentage part).

Al

Tony Jollans wrote:
For a whole table ..
Table Properties Table (tab)
Click on Options
Set Left and Right to 0

For one column (or other combination of cells) ..
Select the column
Table Properties Cell (tab)
Click on Options
Uncheck "Same as whole table"
Set Left and Right to 0

To change a table style - in the Modify Style Dialog, Select Table
Properties from the Format button and proceed as above.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"Al G." wrote in message
om...
MS Word's definition of "column width" as it applies to tablets is in
fact a table slightly wider than the column width. This allows text in
tables to match the text column outside.

For example, if I have a column width of 6.5-in, Word creates a tablet
that is essentially wider on each side by the margin from the border to
the first character. If you set the column with to 6.5-in, Word will

not
align it properly with the column width -- still offset on left side.

I cannot find a way to change or fix the table width using styles
(always seems disabled) nor fix the alignment so the border is properly
lined up with the column width. Is there some setting I have missed to
change this behavior?

I know there are times when you may want this behavior like borderless
tables but not with borders.

Al







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Stefan Blom
 
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Default Table width behavior

"Al G." wrote:
That does work but the text is up against the border. I know how to
add
fake cell spacing (use paragraph formatting on cell text) but that
is a
probably not a good idea.

The % and then center works too although this can not be saved as a
style (the percentage part).


Using indents on the paragraphs should work fine. But see also:
http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/TblsFldsFms/TablePropPrbs.htm

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Stefan Blom
Microsoft Word MVP





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