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    Select Table Cells (Word2000 & 2002)

    I seek confirmation of Word's behaviour. This came up in a VBA job, but it affects the end-user, hence here we are in the Word forum. Some operations are restricted to tables, some to Rows, some to cells, i daresay, and some to paragraphs. Some operations are amorphous, Format, Font seems a good enough example.

    I'd like to change the font for all text from and including the cell "31" to the cell "138" in the attached document, that is, from a cell in one table to a cell in another table, with an intervening paragraph.

    Where a paragraph intervenes (or perhaps a non-table element of text), Word seems to make a quantum jump into paragraph mode, and as such a row of a table is a paragraph. Rows of the table are selected (and Formatted with my Font).

    I'm not seeking to change Word, but for the life of me I can't think why this selection method should be programmed this way. It makes sense to jump to "paragraph/row" mode for paragraph or row operations, to jump even to table mode for table operations, but why do it for cell, or even sub-cell operations?

    FWIW Word is quite agreeable when I want to change the font in a rectangular block orf cells - say "91" to "134" inclusive.
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    Re: Select Table Cells (Word2000 & 2002)

    It's row mode rather than paragraph mode - each cell in a table consists of one or more paragraphs.

    Why don't you ask Microsoft why it was done this way? They're more likely to know than one of us. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Select Table Cells (Word2000 & 2002)

    > It's row mode
    Sure, but it can't be "row" mode when there are no rows, e.g. where we deal with the intervening paragraph. I think I know why it was done - it's easier for MSoft to program this way rather than keep track of the end-user's original rng.Start and rng.End. There's no logical reason for it, that I can see, only an economic rea$on.
    I imagine that you, too, Hans, have seen that one can select a rectangular block of cells, but that the starting point jumps to the first cell of the row containing the user's first selectec cell once a paragraph outside of a table boundary is selected. In my example it ought to be possible to speak of a range of text, in serial fashion, starting at cell "37" and extending to cell 97"" without including cells "34" and/or "100".

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    Re: Select Table Cells (Word2000 & 2002)

    Yes, I see that too, but I won't pretend to understand why Word's developers made this decision.

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