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Ah, I think I didn't state my problem clearly, as usual!
What I mean is, I want the cells of the bottom row to be offset by half a cell horizontally from 
those in the top row, so that the vertical borders of the top row come halfway across the cells of 
the bottom row.

(I'm doing a comparison of chronologies. Each cell width is to represent one year, but the starting 
point of the year for the bottom row is shifted by six months from the year start in the top row.)

Technically, it should be possible to merge cells alternately, but there'll be a heck of a lot of 
cells (as many as I can reasonably get on a landscape page and still have room for a few characters 
in each cell; I'll have to experiment, but I reckon at least 40 - 50 in a row) so unless there's a 
way of automating that, it's out of the question.
I'm guessing I'll have to have a separate table for each row; in principle that's not a problem; 
but I haven't worked out how to align the two tables (in writer); they seem always to expand to 
fill the page width and are quite difficult to resize afterwards. I'm guessing there must be a way 
to do this, I just haven't found it yet. If possible, I'd like to make the first cell of the row 
wider and have the rest adjust to a common width to the end of the table, but at the moment, at 
least, that's icing on the cake.

I've tried importing a selected row of cells from calc into draw to do this, in theory I think this 
ought to work well, but the problem I'm experiencing there is that cell size and formatting don't 
seem to be preserved when pasting the row.

I don't really mind how  I achieve it, as long as it's not too tedious!

       From: Piet van Oostrum <>
 To: Gary Collins <> 
Cc: "" <> 
 Sent: Thursday, 30 July 2015, 11:55
 Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] table with offset between rows
Gary Collins wrote:

I'm needing to create a kind of table, consisting of two rows, where the bottom row is offset by 
half a cell from the top row. I'm not sure what would be the best way to achieve this - any 
suggestions would be most welcome!


Make a table with 3 rows. 
Select the middle row and with Table Properties > Borders select only the top and bottom borders.
With the same row selected: Format > Paragraph > Indents & Spacing, select Line Spacing > Fixed and 
enter a small size, for example 5pt.

With kind regards,
Piet van Oostrum <>
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