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WD: Blank Line Placed Between Header and First Line of Text


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 7.0, 7.0a
  • Microsoft Word for the Macintosh, versions 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.1a


When a table in the header extends into the document body, a blank line is present between the header and the first line of text.


This behavior is by design of Microsoft Word. When a table is inserted or placed in a document, a paragraph marked is always placed at the end/below the table. There is always a paragraph marker preceding a table in Word that is used to store paragraph, section, or document formatting.


To avoid having the blank line appear when the document is printed, follow the steps appropriate for your version of Word.

Word 6.x, 7.x

  1. On the View menu, clcik Header/Footer.
  2. Select the paragraph mark at the end of the table in the header.
  3. On the Format menu, click Paragraph.
  4. Select the Indents And Spacing tab.
  5. For Line Spacing, select Exactly; change At: to .01" (or .7 pt); and click OK.

The blank line is now invisible.

Word for the Macintosh 5.x

  1. On the View menu, click Show Paragraph Marks.
  2. Select the paragraph mark at the end of the header text and format it as Hidden Text. This can be done from the Character dialog box or by pressing COMMAND+SHIFT+X.
  3. On the File menu, click Print. Clear the Print Hidden Text option if it is selected, and then click OK.

The header will now be directly above the body of the document.


"Word for the Macintosh User's Guide," version 5.0, pages 337-340

Additional query words: table header head

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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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