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    Merging cells in top row of table (any)

    At the top of a table I have two heading rows.
    In the top row I want to spread some text over 2, 3, 2, 2 and 2 columns successively.
    I have found that if you merge cells in the top row this works wonderfully -- until you want to add or delete a column, then the column organisation goes haywire.
    The only way to sort things out seems to be to<UL><LI>save the text from the top row<LI>delete the top row<LI>make the column changes<LI>add a new top row<LI>again merge the appropriate cells in the top row<LI>add back the text in the right places[/list]Is there a better way of having text spanning two or three columns in the top row of a table?

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    Re: Merging cells in top row of table (any)

    Some alternatives:

    - Select the row below the top row.
    - Select Table | Split Table.
    - Insert or delete columns in the lower table.
    - Click in the empty paragraph between the tables.
    - Press Delete to unite the tables
    - Adjust the column widths in the top row.

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    - Select all cells in a column in rows 2 and down.
    - To insert, select Table | Insert | Cells..., then Shift Cells Right.
    - To delete, select Table | Delete | Cells..., then Shift Cells Left.
    - Adjust the column widths in the top row.

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    Re: Merging cells in top row of table (any)

    Added later: if you're creating a new table, it is wise to put off merging cells until it's definitive that the design of the table won't change any more. It may not look pretty, but it'll save you a lot of hassle.

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    Re: Merging cells in top row of table (any)

    Thanks, Hans, I agree with your comment!

    I will try the methods suggested in your previous post, but even in Word 2003 the same problems still recur in this area. It is also hard to solve the problems where the cell borders (vertical lines) do not quite line up between the top row and the rest of the table... And forcing the width of several columns to be a specific value can also be annoyingly awkward!

    John

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