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I am writing a document (in Microsoft word 2013) with a lot of tables in it. I need each table to have only one row. Consider the diagrams below.

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If I press enter when the cursor is in position A then I get situation B. If the cursor is in position C and I press enter I get position D. In both cases is there a way so that when I press enter I will always get position E?

  • You are trying to achieve the result of C-D even in Situation A ? – Tom Ruh Apr 14 '15 at 15:36
  • @TomRuh may be I didn't make my self clear enough, sorry, I am trying to get position E when I have position A and C and then press enter. When I press enter in position A I get position B and when I press enter in position C I get position D. – Quantum spaghettification Apr 14 '15 at 15:39
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    D and E are the same? – Tom Ruh Apr 14 '15 at 15:41
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    @TomRuh no in D we get a new row added to the table in E we do not. – Quantum spaghettification Apr 14 '15 at 15:44
  • This behavior may from AutoCorrect, You can try to disable it.File => Options => Proofing => AutoCorrect – Tom Ruh Apr 14 '15 at 15:53
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While the cursor is in the table, Word is in table edit mode. As far as I know, there is no way to turn this off. The cursor must leave the table for Word to exit that mode.

Unfortunately, Word has limitations. You can only get a blank line between tables from position "C" while pressing Shift + Enter, or from position "E".

Another option might be to record a macro and assign a shortcut key.

  • I'm fairly sure the C to D situation is new behaviour for Word. I think it used to only be tab that caused a new row to be created, not return. I haven't been back to an old version to verify though. – Giles Jan 22 '16 at 12:37
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Enter a 4 blank lines above the table. Drag the table to the 2nd from top line. Move cursor (click) to the 3rd line and press enter so you keep a line below the table. I like to have one above and one below any tables I make to avoid this scenario.

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