Word X: On formatting tables properly

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
April 8th, 2003 • 9:49 pm

When editing an existing Word document, there’s little that’s more irritating than HAVING to fix tables created by other people. I have already had the opportunity to describe this type of activity.

For example, why is it that nobody seems to know what the “Repeat row headings” option is for? If you have a TABLE that spans several pages, and you want the row headings to repeat at the top of every page, just SELECT the row headings and apply this option (available in the “Table” menu) to them!

Instead, in 99% of cases, people painstakingly recreate the headings at the top of each page by copying and inserting them manually. Of course, if there is any change made to the contents of the TABLE that forces the multiple-page TABLE to reflow across pages, these repeated headings will end up in the wrong place!

Makes you wonder what they actually teach to future secretaries in training…

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