[Dba-office] Interesting Word table problem

John R Bartow jbartow at winhaven.net
Fri Feb 13 13:08:54 CST 2015

I've made forms like that in the past and have not had any issues. Format
only the cell not the row. I know that is obvious but sometimes... ;-)

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[mailto:dba-office-bounces at databaseadvisors.com] On Behalf Of Susan Harkins
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Subject: [Dba-office] Interesting Word table problem

A reader sent me a Word document that's comprised of multiple tables
formatted to look like a paper form. He used a table to insert labels and
used the border to create underscores.

Name ____________________________

Where Name and the underscore are two cells in the same row of a table.

When applying the Bottom Border attribute to some of the cells, Word applies
the underscore to all of the cells in the row, instead of only the selected

All of the cells look exactly the same. I even used Format Painter to format
the culprit cells using a good cell. Eventually, I was able to work around
it, by splitting, underscoring, and then merging the culprit cells back to a
single. But, that shouldn't be necessary and I'd like to know what caused

Has anyone run into this before and resolved it rather than skirting around

Susan H.
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