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    Table Troubles (Word 97 SR2/Word 2002)

    My Agency is slowly moving to Office XP which means some users will still be using Office 97 SR-2 for awhile. The problem: a document created in Word 97 containing a table must be edited by someone using Word 2002 and then returned to the user with Word 97. When the user with Word 2002 tries to type in the table the following error message pops up after a couple of characters are entered: "A table in this document has become corrupted. To recover the contents of the table: select the table and choose Convert Table to Text from the Table menu."

    So far this error seems to be limited to one particular document as we have other documents with tables and we have not encountered this problem with them. However, I can't seem to figure out what is different about the table in this one particular document that might be causing the error message. Any ideas?

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    Re: Table Troubles (Word 97 SR2/Word 2002)

    Just as a troubleshooting idea:

    Copy and paste the table into a new, blank document. Try the Word 2002 update again. Did that help?

    Can you post the .doc with the table?
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    Re: Table Troubles (Word 97 SR2/Word 2002)

    I'm stuck at home with car trouble so I haven't had a chance to try your suggestion. Having mucked around with it a bit more yesterday I'm beginning to suspect it has something to do with merged cells in the table. The table is a mix of merged and non-merged cells. When I select a cell (merged or non-merged) in this particular table in Word 97 and check the column width (under Cell Height and Width), for most (but not all) cells the width is blank if my cursor is in the cell. It will only display the column width if the cell is selected. I'm not sure why it behaves this way, but I found in Word 2002 that if I click within the table, then select Autofit and select the option to fix the column width (I'm on my home computer so I can't tell you exactly what the option is), that seems to resolve the problem. That is, I can enter text without getting the error message. However, when I go to save the file (in Word 2002), I get a message telling me that some of the features in the document are not available in Word 97 (the file's original format). If I click Continue (to save the document without the Word 2002 features) I end up with a document that can be edited in both 97 and 2002, but I'm hoping there is an easier way, something I can do on the front end to the table in Word 97 to make it editable in Word 2002 the first time.

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