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At 12:49 19/01/2015 -0600, Alan Mead wrote:
Why does adding a border to a table in Writer change the cell margins? I paste RTF tables into Writer documents a lot. [...] How do I prevent LO from changing the cell margin when I add borders?

FWIW, here are some things I've tried. I have no idea how to affect the cell margins, because if I go Table -> Borders, the "Spacing to contents" is all zero's. The style of a regular table is "Table Contents" but changing the style to "Table Contents" has no effect. Also, highlighting the text and selecting "Remove direct formatting" has no effect.

At 15:44 19/01/2015 -0600, Alan Mead wrote:
Now you have a 3x3 table in Writer with no margins. Ensure the left-most column is left-aligned. Add borders at the top and bottom row (in fact, you can add no borders). LO not only adds the borders but also changes the margin of the cells of the rows to which you have added borders. The result looks strange because the top and bottom row have a margin of about 0.04 while the middle row is flush left.

Bonus step:
Right-click and select Table > Border and observe that "Spacing to contents" shows all zero's, even though non-zero margins are clearly being used.

I think what happens (and what you see for the table properties) depends on whether you set the borders by selecting individual rows (when you see the problems you describe) or for the table generally (when you don't). I'm guessing that you want to apply top and bottom borders to the table - with no borders between rows. Note that to do this you don't need to apply the two borders separately to the top and bottom rows.

Instead, either:
o Select the entire table
o Use the Borders button in the Table toolbar. (I'm guessing that is what you have been doing - but for the top and bottom rows separately.)
o Click the "top and bottom" button.

o Put the cursor somewhere in the table.
o Use Table | Table Properties ... | Borders (or right-click | Table... | Borders).
o Select the top and bottom borders under User-defined.

I think you'll find only the first method adjusts the "Spacing to contents". But both techniques act similarly on all rows, so avoiding the problem you identify.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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