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    kennyritch
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    Fixed Tables in Word

    Hi All

    I'm trying to setup a table template for use with merged data from an 'Access' databases. I use DocProperty fields to display the data. The problem I have is that DocProperty fields can't be displayed in a text box (I need to have strict control over the layout of the 'Word' document as it will be printed out on a ready-printed Invoice sheet) and when I try to use tables, the column heights change depending on how much data is in a particular database field.

    Is there anyway I can produce a table that does not move or adjust to differing amounts of text?

    Cheers,
    Kenny.

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    Re: Fixed Tables in Word

    You don't mention what version of Word, but yes, you can fix the table row height and column width. In 2000 create your table, then select the table and click on Tools / Table Properties.

    On the Table tab, click on Options and unmark "Automatically resize to fit contents"

    On the Row tab, mark Specify height to the appropriate measurement and change the "Row height is" box to Exactly. If you need different heights for the rows, you can do this one at a time.

    Then click OK.

    HTH
    Karen

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    Re: Fixed Tables in Word

    <gripe> Let me just complain that tables worked fine before MS tried to turn Word into an HTML editor with self-adjusting tables. I have to run through these dialogs so frequently, I'm almost ready to create a "be normal" macro and slap it on the toolbar. </gripe>

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    Re: Fixed Tables in Word

    <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15> Oh! You're gonna love XP! <img src=/S/sarcasm.gif border=0 alt=sarcasm width=15 height=15>

    <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>I participate wholely in your gripe, and have thus created my work-around: a 10Wx5H table with static columns, no cell borders, top row bolded with bottom paragraph borders in each cell (what you would generally want in financials) and saved as an autotext called "KBMTab" just so I don't have to reinvent the wheel each time I need a danged table. Generally I need to delete a couple columns, but hey... what the heck!

    I was grousing at work to my boss about my discoveries in testing XP because I'm such a keyboarder that it's truly a pain. <img src=/S/aflame.gif border=0 alt=aflame width=15 height=15> All the new features are mouse-oriented, and I suffer from rodentaphobia. I've been driving Woody crazy in the bugfest, I'm sure. Hey! He asked.

    <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>Forgive me for laughing at your pain... but I'm so empathetic to it that if I don't, I'll <img src=/S/crybaby.gif border=0 alt=crybaby width=15 height=15>
    Karen

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    Re: Fixed Tables in Word

    I agree with all your gripes. In fact, just about everything that Microsoft has that starts with the word "automatically" is a pain. I created AutoText entries for all tables of 2 rows x up to 8 rows, calling them t2, t3, etc. The first row is formatted with my heading styles & the second row formatted for value entries.

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