by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 22, 2020)
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:
The result is that Word inserts a Normal-formatted paragraph prior to the table.
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