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Old 06-28-2020, 09:03 PM
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I am trying to make flash cards, using Word 2007.



With the page in landscape orientation, there are four cells for the card text, each row consisting of two 3"x 5"cells

I print one page for the fronts of the flash cards, and a second page for the backs of the flash cards. It was working great, and I have made lots of flash cards...until a couple of hours ago, when something has changed.

Now, when I try to type something in the first cell (upper, left cell), the cursor immediately jump up above the entire table, splitting the whole page into two separate pages, with each page now showing only one row of two cells. The cells, themselves don't change size, but the whole table splits in half and the cursor is no longer even in the table.

One other clue as to what might be wrong: It only does it when trying to enter text into the upper-left cell, but not when entering text into any of the other three cells.

I have gone to 'Table Properties' and set the cell properties to be constrained exactly 3" in height, as well as clearing the options to "automatically resize to fits contents" and "allow row to break across pages," all to no avail.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:24 PM
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Since no one has replied, this novice might suggest taking a card-set that was successful and edit the contents then save as... . I've had screwy things happen to my tables too, and sometimes this helps.


If you've already tried this, that's all I have to offer.
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:39 PM
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Hi CGlenn.

Thanks for the reply. Yes, actually, I thought about that after posting the problem; however, I really would like to know what I'm doing wrong so it doesn't happen again in some other application of Word.

Thanks again!
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I think you need to post your document so we can see what you have done.

In my experience, the most common cause of table oddities that suddenly appear is that the table is unintentionally dragged and becomes 'floating'.
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Hi 'Guessed', thanks for your help.

I would really appreciate it, if you would have a look at it. How do I attach/send it?
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Okay, here it is. If you place the cursor in the upper-left cell, then hit 'enter,' you will see the whole table split in two and the cursor will jump up above the table.

Maybe I need to somehow 'freeze'/protect/whatever the table somehow? As you can tell, I'm not exactly an advanced Word user, so I really appreciate your help.
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I've had a look at the document and could reproduce the issue you are having so I know what is going on now.

The problem you are seeing is not with your template at all but a 'new feature' that Microsoft added at some stage. In older versions of Word, if your document started with table, it was a common annoyance that it wasn't simple to add content in front of that table. MS developers eventually listened to 30+ years of customer complaints and added a special feature that if your cursor was in the first position in the document AND was in a table cell then pressing Enter adds a paragraph above the table. As far as I know, this isn't controllable via an option but you can live with it if you adjust your behaviour.

Firstly, good practice would dictate that you don't add empty paragraphs to push following content down the page so starting a table cell with an empty paragraph is not good practice. If you always intend to vertically centre the content you are adding to that cell then you should apply that alignment to the first cell (as you did in the cell below it). If you are adding the paragraph to push the first text away from the top, do it by either using a style with paragraph 'space before' or by adjusting the table cell top margin.

If you want to ignore good practice, you could add a space before pressing Enter. If you forget and press Enter in the first cell and this problem happens, put your cursor back into the first cell and press Enter a second time, then go back to the unwanted paragraph above the table and delete it.
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Old 07-02-2020, 11:27 AM
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Hi Andrew.

Okay, thanks for that info. I will simply alter my errant ways and that will, hopefully, cure the problem. I sure appreciate your time & effort in helping me.

We have been amazed and saddened at how much you guys have suffered from the recent fire seasons, down there. Watching those poor little burnt koalas is heartbreaking.

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