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Word: Bottom Border Lost If Table Crosses Page with Footnote

PSS ID Number: Q43958 Article last modified on 03-07-1997

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


If a table extends from one page to the next (breaks across a page) and the first page contains a footnote, a bottom cell border cannot be applied to the last row that appears on the first page (above the footnote). The cell border appears in Page View, but does not appear in Print Preview or in the printed document.


To correct this problem, follow these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point in the first row at the top of the second page.
  2. Press COMMAND+ENTER to insert a Section Break.


Press COMMAND+OPTION+SPACEBAR to insert a blank paragraph above the row that splits the table into two tables.

Do one of the following to remove the effect of the blank paragraph space.

  1. Select the new paragraph mark in Show Paragraph mode. From the from the Format menu choose Character to apply Hidden Text formatting

  2. From the Format menu, choose Paragraph, and type “-1pt” in the Line Spacing box to create an extremely small line that does not affect the top margin on the second page.

If you use the first method and add additional text above the table (or within the first part of the table), causing page breaks in different places, follow these steps:

  1. Delete the paragraph mark between the two tables.
  2. Repeat the above three steps for the new last row on the first page and the first row on the second page.


A similar problem has been reported involving large headers/footers, but not footnotes. This problem has not been duplicated. The above workaround also corrects this problem.

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