Splitting a (spilled)Table?


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W. eWatson

MS Office 2007, Student ed.

I would have thought this would be easy, but perhaps not in this case.

I have a table that's about 25 rows by 5 columns. I would like to split
it,say, at the 11th row to make a 10x5 and 15x5 table. Help says,
Click in a cell, or select multiple cells that you want to split.

1. Click in a cell, or select multiple cells that you want to split.
2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Merge group, click Split
Cells..
3. Enter the number of columns or rows that you want to split the
selected cells into.

This works well in this case. However, my table actually is big enough
that one row gets put on the next page. It seems to be a separate table.
I would really like the last 7 rows to appear with the lone row on the
next page. That is, I want 8 rows there. If I split as above, the last
7 rows go bounding to the top of the document. I've tried moving them
down, but it more or less makes a mess of things. What's going on and
how do I get the "new" table (8 rows) on the second page?

A perhaps related question is how do I add a new page after the first
table, so that I have 24 rows on one page, a blank page, and then 8 rows?

This may a general question in any case. I seem to have trouble making a
blank page after any page, tables or not.
 
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

Okay, first of all, the instructions you quote are for splitting cells, not
tables. To split a table into two tables as described, place the insertion
point anywhere in the 11th row, right-click, and choose Split Table.

If you don't actually want to split the table but just force certain rows to
the next page, then select the row you want to be the first on the next
page, right-click, choose Paragraph, and, on the Line and Page Breaks tab of
the Paragraph dialog, check the box for "Page break before."

It would appear, however, that you do actually want to split the table and
put a blank page between the pieces. In that case, split the table as
described above and then insert a manual page break (Ctrl+Enter) or two, as
needed.

For more, see
http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/TblsFldsFms/ControlPgBrksInTables.htm

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org
 
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W. eWatson

Okay, first of all, the instructions you quote are for splitting cells,
not tables. To split a table into two tables as described, place the
insertion point anywhere in the 11th row, right-click, and choose Split
Table.

If you don't actually want to split the table but just force certain
rows to the next page, then select the row you want to be the first on
the next page, right-click, choose Paragraph, and, on the Line and Page
Breaks tab of the Paragraph dialog, check the box for "Page break before."

It would appear, however, that you do actually want to split the table
and put a blank page between the pieces. In that case, split the table
as described above and then insert a manual page break (Ctrl+Enter) or
two, as needed.

For more, see
http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/TblsFldsFms/ControlPgBrksInTables.htm
If I right-click, there is only a Split Cells. Maybe this is not part
of the Student edition. My table has five columns. If I use the
right-click, a menu shows up to size matters. If I use 5 cols, it builds
the five cells in the cell with the pointer.

Interestingly, use of Help with split or split table only provides the
explanation I copied. The title, however, says both cells and tables.
There were other choices, but seemed not to apply.
 
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

The Home and Student edition of Office is a package that contains certain
Office applications. The applications included are not missing any features
that are available in the versions of those apps in other Office packages.

To be clear, you should not have any cells or rows selected when you
right-click; you can click in any cell in the row. You definitely will get
Split Table on the context menu (I tested). The result will be an empty
paragraph between your upper and lower tables.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org
 
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W. eWatson

The Home and Student edition of Office is a package that contains
certain Office applications. The applications included are not missing
any features that are available in the versions of those apps in other
Office packages.

To be clear, you should not have any cells or rows selected when you
right-click; you can click in any cell in the row. You definitely will
get Split Table on the context menu (I tested). The result will be an
empty paragraph between your upper and lower tables.
OK, I've moved the cursor outside the table, and right-click where I
want a split. I get a menu, but there is no Split Table, just Split
Cells. If I select Split Cells, it asks me how many cols and rows.

Context menu??

I'm attaching an image of the menu I see. (Didn't work) If that doesn't
get posted, then these are the choices on the menu:
Cut (gray)
Copy (gray)
Paste
Insert
Delete cells
Borders and shading
Text direction
Cell alignment (with sub menu)
Auto fit (with sub menu)
Table properties
Bullets sub menus
Numbering sub
Hyperlink
Look up
Synonyms sub
Translate sub menus
 
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

Okay, apparently I have that on my context menu, even in Word 2007/2010,
because I customized the context menu in Word 2003. On my laptop that has
never had Word 2003 installed, I'm seeing what you see. But on the Table
Tools | Layout tab, there is a Split Table button that works the same way.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org
 
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W. eWatson

Okay, apparently I have that on my context menu, even in Word 2007/2010,
because I customized the context menu in Word 2003. On my laptop that
has never had Word 2003 installed, I'm seeing what you see. But on the
Table Tools | Layout tab, there is a Split Table button that works the
same way.
Yes, that works, but, as mentioned earlier, the new (lower) table jumps
to the top of the other part of the table above it (the other part of
the now split table), and I need to ... I was about to add that I had to
move down to the top of the next page, and some weird movement took
place that tangled matters up. However, I somehow managed to get it
exactly how I wanted. I'll just leave it at that. Thanks for your help.
 
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

If a table moves unexpectedly, the likelihood is that it has become wrapped.
Before doing anything else, go to the Table tab of Table Properties and make
sure that text wrapping is set to None. And be aware that if you move (drag
or even inadvertently nudge) a table by its handle, you automatically make
it wrapped.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org
 

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