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Removing all cell margins in a table cell

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I have a 7x7 table where all the cells have margins of 0.8"
The problem I am having is that I need 2 cells to have no margins. In the 'Table Properties' window, I select the 'Cell' tab, click the 'Options...' button, unselect the checkbox 'Same as the whole table', and set the four margins to 0".
When I click OK a few times and see the table, there is not margin for left, bottom, and right, however, the top still has a margin. How can I get rid of that extra spacing?
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Joanne M. Orzech earned 500 total points
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You may want to go to the ribbon, click on Paragraph and check the spacing... make sure it's all set to zero or single.


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Everything in the paragraph was at zero too.

I attached an image that shows my problem. The cell with the junk text has 0" margins all around, but you can see the top (and bottom actually, notice the bottom of the g is cut off) have extra space. The blue boxes on the vertical ruler show just how big the space is. I have gridlines enabled in the image, thus the dotted lines. Thanks for your help

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You have row height set to exact... it appears that's what's happening...

Right-click in the cell, go to Table Properties, Row, and uncheck SPECIFY HEIGHT...

or select 'FIT TEXT' in the image you uploaded.





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That didn't seem to help either.

I attached the document I am working on, it is the month January for 2009. I actually started with a MS Office template that I am modifying to fit my needs. I highlighted the 2 cells I want to have no margin in red. I have been through what seems to be every option. If you can figure it out and let me know what you did, I would be very thankful.

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Hmmm - I am unable to fix this for you.... I don't really know why..... I can play around with it a little more but right now, I would suggest you just draw a text box over the area you want and then change the settings for that to be zero all around..... this works as I've tried it....
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LOL, at least this means I am not incompetant after all. I thought for sure there must be a setting I was unaware of. Thats for your time, I appreciate it.
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I think I figured it out... If any cell in the same row has a top or bottom padding, the cells I am trying to alter still inherit the margin. To test this, remove the top and bottom margin from the whole row and everything works. Add a top margin of anything to even one cell, the whole row gets that margin. Note sure if this is intended behaviour or a glitch in Word... Hope this helps answer the question.

It doesn't appear that this has the same effect with respect to columns and left/right margins.
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by:Joanne M. Orzech
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I kind of figured that was what was causing it but didn't quite know how to phrase it!
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Since it doesn't happen with regards to columns, and the fact that there are times when people would want cells to have different margins, I have to believe this is unintended behavior.

I found a workaround by just adding a space with font size of 4 before the text in cells where I want padding. A very crappy way of doing it, but it gets the job done.

Thanks for all your help, I wil award you the points, unless a MS Office rep gives me a patch in the next 28.4 seconds.
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LOL - thank you.... sorry it's so difficult... I'll try to bring this matter to the attention of Microsoft.

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