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On Mar 2, 2011, at 01:14 , Barbara Duprey wrote:

On 3/1/2011 1:48 AM, James Wilde wrote:
Discovered two interesting 'features' by accident this weekend.  This is one of them.

I have given up on using mailmerge.  The labels never print out as you want them.  So I decided 
to create a table looking like the template for a sheet of mailing labels.  I got one very 
unexpected result.  Try this:

Create a table with three columns and eight rows.
Place cursor in the first cell on the SECOND row and press return six times.  The cell expands
Place cursor in the third, fourth, etc, to eighth row and press return six times.  The cells 
Now place the cursor in the first cell on the FIRST row and press return six times.

The table moves six rows down, and the first row is still only one line deep.

To open up the first row, you have to press return once (moving the table down one unnecessary 
row) then move the cursor again into the first cell and press return the six times you need.  
Finally you can go outside the table and delete the extra row by which you moved the table down.

Not something one does every day, but someone might like to take a look at it.


Having a paragraph appear before the table when you use Enter at the beginning of the first cell 
is not at all unexpected; it's the standard way to create a paragraph before a table when it is 
at the beginning of a page. Another way to get the effect you wanted would be to start the first 
cell with a space, then your six Enters, after which you could delete the extra space. Or create 
your second row as you did here, then copy/paste into the first cell. Various other things would 
work, too.

Thanks, Barbara.  When one understands - and has a workaround - it's really a brilliant idea.  I 
remember that I have at times wondered how to create a paragraph before a table after creating the 
table.  Now it's almost automatic to put a couple of carriage returns in before creating the table.

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