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: Keeping Tables on One Page.

Keeping Tables on One Page

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 19, 2014)


As you develop more complex Word documents, it is inevitable that you will add tables. Most tables are relatively short, and can easily fit on a page. Because of this, it can be disconcerting to have a page break occur in the middle of a table. Here's an approach that has always worked for me:

  1. Select all the rows in the table.
  2. Choose Format | Paragraph. Word displays the Paragraph dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Line and Page Breaks tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Line and Page Breaks tab of the Paragraph dialog box.

  5. Make sure the Keep Lines Together check box is selected.
  6. Click on OK.

Now you need to repeat the same steps, with two minor variations. First, in step 1 select all the rows except the last one. Then, in step 4, make sure the Keep With Next check box is selected. This is necessary (performing this step with the last row not selected) so that the table stays together as a unit, rather than the table staying with the paragraph that follows it.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (864) 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: Keeping Tables on One Page.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is four less than 8?

2015-12-27 21:38:37


Used to work; does NOT work now. Any suggestions? Word 2013. Thanks!

2015-08-25 15:38:01

The 3AM savior

For anyone getting here via Google, here's the actual solution:

Highlight the entire table. Then go to Paragraph Properties and tick Keep with Next.

2015-08-15 20:43:17

John C.

This fix did NOT work. Go to 'View' and select 'Draft.' Then, manually delete the space that represents the page break.

2015-06-16 17:31:48


Thanks, that was very useful. i have many tables in the report. Should i repeat the above steps for all the tables individually, is there any shorter way. thanks

2015-06-01 09:17:16


Please note ... in the PARAGRAPH - LINE AND PAGE BREAKS window, I had to click the "SET AS DEFAULT" button (bottom of window) then select "FOR THIS DOCUMENT ONLY" for the extra page to go away.

2015-03-25 00:12:04


Go to Table Properties, Table Tab, set Text Wrapping to None.

2015-03-20 10:14:09

William J. Wolfe

Hello, Spyros:
Here's the difficulty. I sometimes use a 1-column, 2-row to contain a list of figures (or tables). The first row is the header row and the second row contains the list field that creates may paragraphs, each tagged with the "Table of Figures" style, which is formatted to "Keep lines together."
However, the "Keep lines together" attribute does not work inside a table cell.
Any suggestions?

2015-03-19 15:11:14


It works for me. Thank you.

2014-09-22 10:50:08

William J. Wolfe

Actually, the article is true, in part. If you select an entire row and format it with the paragraph attribute to "Keep with Next," it will stick to the next row.

However, if you have several paragraphs within a table cell, the paragraph attributes to "Keep With Next" and "Keep Lines Together" do not work in individual paragraphs within the cell.

This is problematic, for example, when I create a List of Figures or Tables inside an MS Word Table so I can use the Header Row to contain "Table Number" and "Page Number" headers. While is a good "header" workaround, the list members in the table cell below the header row will break across page boundaries.

I haven't come up with a working solution yet, and don't know if there is one.

2014-09-21 10:02:16

Doug Robbins

This article is NOT correct. If the table will not fit on the page, Word will ignore one or the other of the "Keep with next" or "Keep lines together settings"

You can prevent a row from breaking across a page by unchecking the "Allow row to break across page" setting in the Table Properties dialog and by doing that with a one-row table, you can force it to be kept on one page, but if there is too much text to fit, the excess will not be visible.

Word will ignore either the Keep lines together" or the "Keep with next" settings for text in paragraphs that are not inside a table and the text will wrap to the next page, regardless of those settings if it will not all fit on one page.

2014-09-10 07:09:48


Hi, Bill
You did not say what is your exact problem. Maybe I could help you out.

2014-09-02 14:56:07

Bill van Geest

Sorry, I tried this 5 times with no effect whatsoever.

Another one of Word's common idiotic functions.

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