I have a few tables with symbols in Word and I want to number them, but numbering seems to take a huge amount of space from each box which makes the whole thing look horrible. I can't even see half the symbols anymore, they're off the page.

How do I make numbered tables with numbers that don't take that extra space ? As if the numbers weren't there.

Basically I don't want the numbers to interact with anything I write in the table, they should be in the background, somewhere in the corner of the boxes.

Here are two images to make things clearer:

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  • Your question is not very clear about what you are trying to do. Can you please edit your question to provide more precise detail and possibly a screen shot of some sort? This will help you receive a more accurate answer to your question.
    – CharlieRB
    Aug 3, 2012 at 12:31
  • @CharlieRB seems clear to me, but he's added screenshots now
    – barlop
    Aug 3, 2012 at 14:36

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The following isn't a great solution as it'd take some time to do but you can draw text boxes. These you can position anywhere and they don't interfere. Use ctrl+arrow keys, to move it about finely.

this for example is done with a textbox over text written into a document. This is a screenshot taken from MS word. enter image description here

To do that you'd want the drawing toolbar, you'd click textbox. And set it to no fill and no line.

  • also if drawing something in ms word, I the following isn't a necessity , technically, but just a suggestion- turning the "canvas" off, it's an annoying feature they added in some word version. tools..options turn off "automatically..drawing canvas".
    – barlop
    Aug 3, 2012 at 14:45

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