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I often run into this issue: I have a table (as in data in a table format) and the table is at the start of a document or email. I wish to move the table down the page but my cursor will only move to the start of the first cell in the table, and hitting Enter just expands the cell.

For example, you write an email like:

hi john, here's the data you wanted

[table begins]

Then you remove the "hi" line entirely to write something else (the "I" represents the cursor)


Now if I click away or move the cursor, I can't get it back there again.

Is there any way you can force the cursor in front of the table element ? I've never found a way, there must be surely.

Usually I end up using ctrl-Z and undoing everything since the table moved to the start.

I've tried ctrl-Home, and PageUp. Neither worked.

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Does placing the cursor at the end of the table and then pressing left until you reach the beginning again work? – slhck Aug 30 '11 at 9:26
no, it moves it up through the cells one at a time. (that was on thunderbird email anyhow). – Sirex Aug 30 '11 at 9:38
up vote 1 down vote accepted
  • Select the table
  • Cut the table from the document (ctrl-X)
  • Press ENTER a couple of times to add some blank lines
  • Paste the table back into the document (ctrl-V)

You now have some white space above the table.

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I guess this is a usable workaround. Mostly I just wanted to check i wasn't being a total idiot because it really does seem like there should be an easier way. Oh well. :-( – Sirex Aug 30 '11 at 14:30
@Sirex Yep, it seems a clumsy way to do it, but I have been doing it that way for as long as I can remember – Linker3000 Aug 30 '11 at 18:38

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