Adding a Line Before a Table

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 22, 2020)

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If you have a table at the beginning of your document, and you are using Word 2000 or later versions, adding a blank line before the table is easy--all you need to do is position the insertion point at the start of the first cell and press Enter. It doesn't work that way in Word 97, however. There you need to use a different approach. Any of the following will do the trick:

  • Position the insertion point at the start of the first cell in the table and choose Split Table from the Table menu.
  • Position the insertion point at the start of the first cell in the table and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter.
  • Position the insertion point at the start of the first cell in the table and insert a column break. (Choose Break from the Insert menu, then click on Column Break, then on OK.)

The result is that Word inserts a Normal-formatted paragraph prior to the table.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1372) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

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 8 - 4?

2020-11-28 17:07:01

Janet

Thank you, I was confounded when the old hitting enter twice didn't work. The keyboard short cut is most appreciated.


2017-01-23 05:45:04

kaka

This also works when adding a line before a table at the top of ANY page, not just the beginning of a document.


2016-12-09 11:36:36

Janice

I used to love tables. What have you done? Nothing is easy.

Things were fine until I installed 2010. I am so frustrated. It takes me all day to print tallies for euchre.


2016-09-29 07:30:33

ak

thank you!!! I was so frustrated with it!


2015-03-18 11:55:11

Tony

Thanks, that had been driving me crazy!


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