Microsoft KB Archive/102394

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Incorrect Bordering When Selection or Frame Contains a Table


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c, 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c


Borders around a mixed selection of text and tables do not behave as expected in the following circumstances:

  1. If you insert a table in the middle of a bordered paragraph, the bordered paragraph splits and Word for Windows does not apply border formatting to the table.
  2. If you frame a selection of paragraphs that contains a table, one of the following occurs, depending on the position of the table in the frame:

    • If the table is the first item in the frame, Word applies border formatting only to the table.
    • If the table is not the first item in the frame, Word applies border formatting to the frame and to each cell of the table.
    Note: If you position the insertion point in the table and choose Border from the Format menu, Word indicates that the table contains no border formatting. If you select None and choose OK, the border remains around each table cell.
  3. If you apply border formatting to a selection that contains a table, Word borders the paragraphs above and below the table as two separate border boxes and applies border formatting to each cell of the table.


We are researching these problems and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.


Method 1: To place a single border around a selection that includes a table, use the following instructions to create the table as a separate, framed element, then position the table within the block of bordered text:

  1. From the View menu, choose Page Layout.
  2. On the ribbon, choose the Show/Hide button to display paragraph marks (for keyboard instructions, see page 9 in the Word for Windows "User's Guide").
  3. Type the text, minus the table, that you want to border.
  4. At the point where you want to insert the table, insert paragraph marks to create a place for the table. Make sure the space is big enough so there will be at least one paragraph mark above and below the table.
  5. Select the text and paragraph marks that you want to border.
  6. From the Insert menu, choose Frame.
  7. If necessary, choose Border from the Format menu and modify the border settings.
  8. Position the insertion point below the frame, in a blank paragraph.
  9. From the Table menu, choose Insert Table. Select the desired number of columns and rows and then choose OK.
  10. Select the table.
  11. From the Insert menu, choose Frame.
  12. From the Format menu, choose Border. Select the Grid option in the Preset box. Select the desired Line option and then choose OK.
  13. Cancel the table selection by clicking the mouse elsewhere in the document.
  14. Position the mouse pointer over the framed table until the pointer becomes a four-headed arrow. With the four-headed arrow, drag the framed table and drop it in the empty space you created in step 4 above. Make sure at least one paragraph mark appears above and below the framed table before you drop the table.
  15. View the document in print preview or print it to see the results.

Method 2 (Word 6.0 only):

  1. Click the Drawing button on the toolbar.
  2. On the Drawing toolbar, change the Fill Color to None and set the Line Color/Line Style to whatever you'd like.
  3. Click the Rectangle button and draw box around the frame or table.


Word for Windows "User's Guide," version 2.0, pages 9, 316, 363, 393

Additional query words: 2.0 2.0a-cd 2.0c-cd word6 frame border table winword winword2

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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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