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How to Stop a Table Row from Splitting Over Two Pages

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: How to Stop a Table Row from Splitting Over Two Pages.

For some documents, it is par for the course to have tables extend from one page to another. As your tables get larger, Word automatically breaks tables so the most information can get on each page. This may mean that a row of your table may start on one page and end on the following page. Obviously, this is not acceptable for some tables. You may have the need to make sure that entire rows of your table stay together.

To make sure that Word doesn't break a particular row of your table, follow these steps if you are using Word 97:

  1. Select the row (or rows) that you want to keep together.
  2. Choose Cell Height and Width from the Table menu. Word displays the Cell Height and Width dialog box with the Row tab selected.
  3. Make sure the Allow Row to Break Across Pages check box is cleared.
  4. Click your mouse on OK.

If you are using Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003 the process is slightly different. Follow these steps, instead:

  1. Select the row (or rows) that you want to keep together.
  2. Choose Table Properties from the Table menu. Word displays the Table Properties dialog box; you should make sure the Row tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Row tab of the Table Properties dialog box.

  4. Make sure the Allow Row to Break Across Pages check box is cleared.
  5. Click your mouse on OK.

If you are not sure about where a table may break (or even if it will), but you want to make sure that no row of the table is divided, you simply need to select the entire table in step 1 rather than selecting a single row.

Remember that these steps won't stop a table from splitting across two pages; it only stops individual rows from splitting across pages.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1827) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: How to Stop a Table Row from Splitting Over Two Pages.

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Comments for this tip:

Michiel    27 Jul 2016, 08:48
This does aparently not always work. I have a table that doesnt seem to bother if I check this box or not. It does work in other tables.
So what can be wrong?
Jimson Wallaby     11 May 2016, 12:42
Hey guys, this worked and didn't work at the same time. Why is that?
J Lauder    20 Oct 2015, 23:54
This saved my bacon. Thank you!
Jose Antonio Garciarivas    02 Sep 2015, 19:17
Thank you so much.
I wish the best for you also.
Blaire del Rio    27 Jul 2015, 05:12
I have already done the step, but it is still not working...the table shouldn't split to another page 'coz there is still enough space
HEMEN VITHLANI    28 Feb 2015, 11:52
on the word table :
my row is too long ( wide )., it goes out of the page, to the adjoining page.
i am not bothered about that. problem is how can i visualise and work on the row that has gone far beyond my page.
can i change the page margins, to a wider page width., so that i can see the whole table on one "screen"., is this page widening possible only for the table in the word document
Deb    20 Aug 2014, 09:09
Actually I was looking for just the opposite, (I wanted the Table Row to Split Over Two Pages) but found this to be exactly what I needed. My hang-up was that I wasn't highlighting just one row, I had the whole table selected and that check box didn't appear. I just checked the box for each row and everything is now perfect.

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