Cell Padding or Margins Within a Table



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Cell Padding or Margins Within a Table

Postby SmF5 » Thu, 29 Apr 2010 20:46:04 GMT

Greetings!  I have a table with many cells containing text.  The text is not 
flush against the left border of the cells; there is reasonable space with 
the text left-aligned.  When I insert cells (a row at a time) into the table 
and add text, that text is flush against the left border.  All the text 
settings appear the same.  When I click within the original cells and check 
the tab ruler, I see the indent sliders are just to the right of the blue 
"partitions"; when I click within the cells I added, the sliders appear right 
on the "partitions" and won't allow me to slide them to the left.  I can't 
move them in the Paragraph dialog box either.

Any suggestions?

Re: Cell Padding or Margins Within a Table

Postby Suzanne S. Barnhill » Thu, 29 Apr 2010 21:16:06 GMT

Have you checked the cell margins in the Table Properties (Cell Options)?

Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

Re: Cell Padding or Margins Within a Table

Postby SmF5 » Thu, 29 Apr 2010 22:28:01 GMT

Once again, Ms. Barnhill, you have saved my bacon.  When I selected the 
entire table and looked at the cell properties, the margins were blank.  I 
checked off the "Same as the whole table", but no changes happened.  When I 
selected a range of cells and looked at the cell properties, they were zeros. 
 I typed in the margins from a cell with "good" spacing, and it worked like a 
charm.  Thanks again!!

Re: Cell Padding or Margins Within a Table

Postby Suzanne S. Barnhill » Fri, 30 Apr 2010 00:12:19 GMT

I'm glad that helped. I find that often you have to drill down to get 
meaningful results (selecting an entire table/document just returns 

Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

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