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I have two tables one just below another, and I can't insert a new empty line of regular text inbetween.

  • When I hit Enter, Word only adds a new row to the first or the second table, or to the text contained in one of the tables.
  • When I try to paste, the pasted contents (text, or table) also gets inserted into one of the tables (so I even got a table in a table...).
  • I've tried the "Document Outline" mode too, but to no success either.

Any ideas?

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Does Shift+Enter (when the cursor is a the end of the first table) works ? –  epingle Sep 14 '12 at 10:04
    
@epingle: nope, this also gets added into one of the tables :) –  akavel Sep 14 '12 at 10:06
    
You have to click outside the first table first then press End and press Enter. –  Peachy Oct 6 '12 at 13:49
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It sounds like the tables are actually attached to each other if there is no line between them.

Don't know what version you are using, but in Word 2010, I simply split the table.

Started with this;

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Chose the row of the table where I wanted to split above and clicked the split button;

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Result;

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This must be the right answer because when I create two tables separated by a line of text and then delete the line of text, the now adjacent tables are merged by Word into a single table. –  RedGrittyBrick Sep 14 '12 at 12:33
    
@RedGrittyBrick In the past, that is exactly what caused me to need to figure this out. –  CharlieRB Sep 14 '12 at 15:13
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Ctrl+Shift and Enter works for me on Word 14 (aka Word 2010 in Office 2010).

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I had a similar problem with a table at the top of a new section--all the usual suggestions did not work. This was my answer, I suspect it will resolve your issue as well: http://superuser.com/a/175181/146915

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Table Properties -

correct

  • Text Wrapping = None

incorrect (causes the problem)

  • Text Wrapping = Around

If you want to have text and lines between two tables, both tables must be "inline" with the text (Wrapping = None) in order to put text between them. If one of the two tables is floating above the text (Wrapping = Around) with the text moving around it, you can't insert text in-between.

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Hah, just a moment after posting the question I invented some convoluted method which worked in my case:

  1. Added some empty newlines at the end of the document.
  2. Shift-selected text starting in the middle of the empty lines at the end and going Up ↑ till I had the whole second table selected.
  3. Cut (Ctrl-X)
  4. Leave some empty lines below the first table, go ↓ Down below them.
  5. Paste (Ctrl-V) the second table and what follows.

Still, I'd be more than happy to learn some simpler way to do that, especially that copy&paste has potential to break some layout etc. in M$ Word, so this method might not always work.

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I had the same problem, caused by cutting two tables out of a web page and pasting them into Word. I kicked myself when I stopped to think - if it's genuinely two tables as it was in my case, select the second one, cut it, add a new line or two below the first table then paste the second table back after the newline. Simples.

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I had the same problem, but I solved it. Maybe it's not the most elegant solution, but it works. In the table above I added a row at the bottom (or at the top of the table below).

Select marked row and convert it into text.

Select Layout -> Data -> Convert to Text.

In this way I got a blank line between the tables.

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One solution is to right click and add a caption above the second table. Then you can simply replace the caption with normal text.

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