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    formatting End of Cell marks in tables? (2002)

    Has anyone else out there encountered this behavior?

    In some cases, I've found that the end of cell marks on a table become formatted with an apparently random paragraph style. Once this happens, the text in the table becomes (to some degree) formatted according to that style, and applying other styles (even after using Clear Formatting on the entire table) has no affect. No matter what I seem to do, I cannot get those end of cell marks back to normal (whatever that its) or a paragraph/table style that I would prefer to use.

    So my questions are: apart from recreating the table, is there any way to fix this?
    And what is causing the problem? I've noticed a correlation between this behavior and cutting/pasting tables, but I can't seem to recreate it intentionally.

    Any suggestions or advice would be deeply appreciated.

    Arianna

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    Re: formatting End of Cell marks in tables? (2002)

    Select the Cell-not its contents, but the whole cell, even if you have to hit Table-Select-Cell.

    Format as normal.

    Select the Contents ONLY and format as desired.

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    Re: formatting End of Cell marks in tables? (2002)

    When you are trying to change the formatting to a different style, do you have the end of cell mark selected?
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    Re: formatting End of Cell marks in tables? (2002)

    Adding on to the others' responses, if you don't use the Show/Hide symbols to show the nonprinting characters, the default is to select the paragraph symbols.
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    Re: formatting End of Cell marks in tables? (2002)

    Thanks for all your responses...

    Yes, I do have the end of cell mark selected when I try to change the formatting. Any changes I try to make using styles are either disregarded or do not stick.

    I've attached a table (.zip format) that demonstrates what I'm running into. The first row is formatted using a Table Heading style-- it should appear in Arial 9 pt Bold. The remainder of the table is formatted using Table Body-- it should appear in Arial 9pt. Regular. However, the actual text is formatted differently: the table heading is NOT in Bold, and the rest of the table content IS. Manually formatting the table works, but interestingly, Word treats this as a variation on the active style, when in fact the goal is to force the text to match the active style.

    The apparent source of the problem is the rightmost end of cell mark (so I guess that means its an end of row mark <my bad>): it appears to be formatted as TOC 1 (!) This is a neat trick, considering that a) this table was nowhere near a TOC when it was created, and [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] when the Style and Formatting pane is visible, TOC 1 is not shown as an available style or a style in use.

    The bottom line is that I cannot seem to do anything to make that TOC 1 style go away, short of rebuilding the table. Because I have 5-6 other tables that exhibit this problem (with other styles seemingly randomly assigned to that end of cell -er- end of row mark) I'm trying to figure out what the source of the problem is.

    Any additional suggestions you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: formatting End of Cell marks in tables? (2002)

    Works fine for me; the styles are just the way you wanted them, and end of row shows Normal.

    I disabled macros when I opened the document; I don't know if that would have any effect.

    I use Word 2000. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: formatting End of Cell marks in tables? (2002)

    Thanks for checking this! (btw, there are no macros involved in this case).

    In the intervening 8 hours, I've been doing some research and have discovered some new info.

    Word 2002 has a style "flavor" called table styles. (Is this unique to 2002, or is it in 2000 also?) My latest theory on what happened is this:
    Since I didn't realized they existed, I didn't use them. I'm assuming that there is a default table style applied, which may have been thrown off kilter as I created additional tables (my usual method is copy table, paste table into new location, tweak new table to suit).

    I've since created and applied a few table styles, and they seem to do the job... to a degree. I occasionally encounter situations where a table I KNOW I've applied a table style to suddenly has an unrelated paragraph style on the end of row mark instead.... sigh.

    If I figure out what's going on, I'll put word out. Also, if there are any other 2002 users out there, I've love to find out what my file looks from their end....

    Arianna

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