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    Left aligning the Table Gride style (2003)

    Dear Loungers,

    Whenever I make a table, the Table Grid sytle is automatically set to justified text. I want it left-aligned by default. However, whenever i go into the Modify Style dialogue box and select "Align Top Left," nothing happens. When I select "Align Bottom Left," the text moves to the bottom, but not to the left--it remains justified. Any clues as to what I am doing wrong?

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    Re: Left aligning the Table Gride style (2003)

    Table styles only have a setting for vertical alignment, not for horizontal alignment. Is your Normal style set to center text?

    Perhaps you could attach a small sample document that demonstrates the problem.

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    Re: Left aligning the Table Gride style (2003)

    Hello Hans,

    But when I go into the Table Grid Modify Style dialogue box, there is a button to chose left, center, justify, etc., in addition to vertical alignment.

    In the document I am having the problem with, the Normal style is justified, as is the Table Grid style. In Normal.dot, the Normal style is left aligned, as is the Table Grid style.

    Just let me know if you think attaching a document would still be helpful.

    Kind regards,

    JMT

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    Re: Left aligning the Table Gride style (2003)

    I'm using Word 2002 and I don't see an option to change horizontal alignment in table styles, so I fear I cannot help you. Hopefully someone else can.

    Added later: Oops, I overlooked the dropdown in the Modify Style dialog. Sorry about that.

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    Re: Left aligning the Table Gride style (2003)

    Could you attach (a stripped down copy of) the document, please?

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    Re: Left aligning the Table Gride style (2003)

    Table styles can be applied to numerous regions of a table. For instance the first cell's format can come from the setting for Whole Table, First Row, Top Left Cell, Left Column. I don't know what the precedent order is for who actually wins this battle but you might want to check that your table style doesn't have conflicts within which override the setting you are changing.

    I keep hoping I will find out how to remove the lower level settings (eg stop last row shading from overriding the whole table shading) from a table style but so far in Word 2003 I have been disappointed. Perhaps you will have more luck in Word 2007
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Left aligning the Table Gride style (2003)

    I did a couple of tests and have concluded that the horizontal setting for the Normal style overwrites the settings manually set within the Table Grid dialogue box.

    For example, when Normal is automatically set to right align, the table grid entries are always right aligned. When Normal is justified, the table grid entries are justified. Manually changing the horizontal alignment of the Table Grid style is unable to overwrite this.

    So I guess I will have to manually change the alignment of each table wtihout being able to do a global change through the Styles and Formatting dialogue.

    Regards,

    JMT

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