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    Balancing table columns (Word 2000)

    Word is supposed to balance multiple text columns, but is there a way to make it balance columns consisting of a table? I've taken a single table containing three columns and 100 or so rows and placed it into three-column format. The table flows into three even columns until I get to the last page, where it gives me two full columns and a partial third column. Even with a continuous column break before and after the table, I cannot get it to balance the columns on this last page. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Re: Balancing table columns (Word 2000)

    I just tried it, and the columns always balance as long as they can be balanced (number of rows divisible by three ...) and the setting "Don't balance columns for continuous section starts" isn't checked in "Tools > Options > Compatibility".

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    Re: Balancing table columns (Word 2000)

    Thanks Klaus,

    All I had to do was uncheck the box in Tools, Compatibility. Sure was a lot simpler than some of the other things I was trying.

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    Re: Balancing table columns (Word 2000)

    Glad the problem is solved!
    I too get bitten by the compatibility options now and then; they are described in the article <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q193/2/66.ASP>"Word Compatibility Options Described" (Q193266)</A>.

    Quite a few are far from self-explanatory; for example "Don't use HTML paragraph auto spacing", which is off in Word 2000, but on in earlier versions of Word.

    Some (like "Suppress space before after a hard page or column break" or "Don't expand character spaces on the line ending SHIFT-RETURN") are pretty useful.

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    Re: Balancing table columns (Word 2000)

    Funny, just today a user was complaining that footnotes would mysteriously appear on the following page. I suggested he look at the compatibility options, but this was just a gut reaction. In fact, there is a specific options for footnotes, but, maddeningly, Microsoft doesn't explain it at all:

    <table border=1><td> Lay out footnotes like
    Word 6.0/95/97</td><td> Causes footnotes to position the same
    as they did in earlier versions of Word. </td></table>
    Leaving me wondering, exactly what is the difference in Word 2000? (But not curious enough to keep researching. The hack works. Enough said!)

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