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    Blank line after table (2003)

    I work with many documents that end with a table. For some reason, they tend to end up with a blank line (i.e. a paragraph symbol) immediately following the table, which can't be deleted. This is not normally a problem, but when the table occupies a full page, then the existence of this additional blank line causes an entire blank page to be appended after the table.

    How can I get rid of this blank line?

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    Re: Blank line after table (2003)

    You can't get rid of it, since a Word document always ends with a paragraph mark. But you can set its font size to 1 point. That way, it will hardly take up any space.

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    Re: Blank line after table (2003)

    Thanks Hans!

    Although I have to say, this seems like a rather strange limitation of Word. Are you saying it is impossible to end a document with a table that extends exactly to the bottom margin of the last page, without adding another blank page?

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    Re: Blank line after table (2003)

    Hans' suggestion is the solution.

    My understanding is that last paragraph marker contains a lot of information about the document (what template you are using, info. about footnotes, etc.). If you file is acting strangely, cut and past everything BUT the last paragraph marker into a fresh template and oftentimes the weirdness disappears.

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    Re: Blank line after table (2003)

    I also sometimes use a hidden paragraph mark (Format > Font > Hidden) after the table (say, also to "merge" two tables visually).
    Some people don't like this solution however -- some because they don't like hidden text at all, some because they think hidden paragraph marks cause trouble (corruption).

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    Re: Blank line after table (2003)

    I'd always wondered how Word seemed to manage to end a document with a table when you used the labels facility - now I can see that it is because there is a hidden paragraph. You learn something every day when you hang around the Lounge. Thanks, Klaus.

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    Re: Blank line after table (2003)

    Each method has advantages and disadvantages. In the end, the choice is one of personal preference.

    Formatting the final paragraph mark as hidden text has the advantage that the paragraph will disappear completely from the printed output (unless the user has specified that hidden text should be printed).
    The disadvantage is that the paragraph (and hence the extra blank page) will still be displayed on screen if the user has set Word to display hidden text and/or non-printing characters.

    Setting the font size for the final paragraph mark to 1 point has the disadvantage that the paragraph doesn't disappear completely. If there is no room for a 1 point high line at the bottom of the page, the document will still have an extra blank page, both on screen and in print. This is rare, however.
    The advantage is that no blank page is displayed in all other cases, even if Word is set to display non-printing characters.

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    Re: Blank line after table (2003)

    I've run into this problem myself. I've always just changed the bottom margin for the page in question. Always seems to work for me. But as previously mention, changing the font size of the paragraph marker to 1 pt. sounds like it would also work in most cases.

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    Re: Blank line after table (2003)

    Changing the bottom margin works, but it affects all pages in the section containing the last page, and if you have anything in the page footer, that will shift down, so although it is an easy solution in specific cases, I wouldn't recommend it in general.

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