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WD2000: Word Table Embedded in Another Document Shows White Horizontal Line

Article ID: 252501

Article Last Modified on 11/25/2002


  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q252501


When you open a file, such as a PowerPoint presentation, that contains an embedded Word table with shading, you may see a white horizontal line within the shading at some Zoom values.

NOTE: This problem may also occur with a Word table embedded in an Excel worksheet or another Word document.


An embedded Word table is represented by a Windows metafile (WMF). Word recalculates the metafile when you resize it, based upon your installed printer and display drivers. In some cases, Word miscalculates the metafile, which produces the white line within the table.


To resolve this problem, obtain Microsoft Office 2000 Service Release 1/1a (SR-1/SR-1a).

To obtain SR-1/SR-1a, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

245025 OFF2000: How to Obtain and Install Microsoft Office 2000 Service Release 1/1a (SR-1/SR-1a)

To temporarily work around this problem, use a larger value for the paragraph Spacing Before. For example, use 6 pt. spacing before. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. In the original Word table, select the table cell (row) that shows the white line.
  2. On the Format menu, click Paragraph.
  3. On the Indents and Spacing tab, change the Spacing Before box to 6 pt, and then click OK.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was corrected in Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1/SR-1a.

Additional query words: wd20 embedded table shading line horizontal white spacing

Keywords: kbbug kbfix kbqfe KB252501