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Microsoft KB Archive/100607

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Err Msg: “Number Cannot Be Between 0 and <x> In.”

PSS ID Number: Q100607 Article last modified on 03-07-1997

====================================================================== 4.00 5.00 5.10 MACINTOSH kbprb kberrmsg

The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for the Macintosh, versions 4.0, 5.0, 5.1


When you format tables, you may get the following error message if the Space Between Columns value is greater than the value in the Column Width box (Width Of Columns box in Word 4.0):

Number must be between 0 and x in.


Column width must be larger than the space between columns.

The first message occurs when you increase the Space Between Columns to a value greater than the Column Width value. “x” is a numeric value less than that listed in the Column Width box (Width Of Columns in Word 4.0).

The second message occurs when you decrease the Column Width value (Width Of Columns in Word 4.0) so that it is less than the Space Between Columns value.


This behavior is by design. The column width of any column in a table must be greater than the Space Between Columns setting for that column. When you try to reduce the width of a column by dragging its column marker on the ruler, the smallest width it can be reduced to is equivalent to its current Space Between Columns value.


If the space between two columns must be greater than the column widths, insert a blank column and used it as a spacer:

  1. Select the column that will have the space before it (hold down the OPTION key and click on the column).
  2. From the Format menu, choose Table Layout (in Word 4.0, choose Table from the Edit menu).
  3. Select Column and choose Insert. This will insert a column the same width as the selected column. This column can be widened or narrowed to provide the desired spacing.

KBCategory: kbprb kberrmsg KBSubCategory: kbtable Additional reference words: 4.00 5.00 5.10 macword5 ====================================================================== ============================================================================= Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1997.