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    Column or split pages (Word 2003 SP3)

    I'm not sure of the best way to do this. Or if it can be done.
    What I would like to be able to do is on left hand side (LHS) of page have a column that I can type in. The text to continue to the next page rather than wrapping into right hand side (RHS) column. Then in RHS column I want to be able to type comments on what is in LHS column, next to the relevant entries.
    Is this possible? If so how? <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: Column or split pages (Word 2003 SP3)

    The easiest way to do this is with a two column table.

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    Re: Column or split pages (Word 2003 SP3)

    As a translator, my other half uses the two column table method where the original text is on the left, the translated text on the right, so I was glad to see Stuart endorsing the technique! The only problem is keeping the two sides in line if extra data (i.e. an extra line) is added. The only way seems to have each entry in a separate row, so you end up with a two column x multiple row table.

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    Re: Column or split pages (Word 2003 SP3)

    That was my first reaction. The LHS column would have to automatically add a new row at each paragraph break. Is this possible?
    The basic concept is a free writing journal in LHS with the option of commenting on the content in the RHS column. Does that make it clearer or more muddied? :-)

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    Re: Column or split pages (Word 2003 SP3)

    It might not be easy to add a new row automatically at a paragraph break, but if you're in the left hand column in the last row of the table, pressing the Tab key twice will create a new row.

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    Re: Column or split pages (Word 2003 SP3)

    Hi Cambronze,

    If you've got the cursor at the end of the last cell in the table and press the tab key, a new row will be created. There's no other automatic means of adding a row unless you set up a user form to solicit the individual entries.

    The 'tab in the last cell' approach is fine if you can ensure that the entries will be added in the correct sequence, or you're willing to re-sort the table periodically. The userform approach might be better if there are many unsorted entries to add to the table and there is a straightforward way to code the rules as to where the rows for new entries should be inserted.

    Beyond those approaches, you're stuck with using the Table|Insert|Row approach, though you could semi-automate that by attaching a suitable macro to a button on the toolbar.
    Cheers,

    Paul Edstein
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    Re: Column or split pages (Word 2003 SP3)

    Why not allow your authors to insert text across the whole page, then when they have finished writing you could use the Table > "Convert Text to Table" to create a table with 1 row for each paragraph, then set the column width and add another column for comments. This way you get what you need without having to inconvenience your authors.

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    Re: Column or split pages (Word 2003 SP3)

    Thanks to all. The double tab idea works really intuitively. It will do exactly what I need to do. It enables the LHS to have paragraphs within each cell. Which means focus is on the writing process rather than using the program. Thanks alot everyone.

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    Re: Column or split pages (Word 2003 SP3)

    If your cursor is already in the bottom right cell, you only have to tab once to add the row. --The first tab (in Han's tip) moves the cursor to the bottom right cell.

    Another method can be used when formatting marks are shown on screen (Click the show/hide pilcrow). With the cursor just to the left of the end of row marker, tap enter. This method also can be used to insert a row within a table--in addition to appending a row.

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