MS Word 2007 - how to reduce the last column size

Posted on 2011-10-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I've formatted a page orientation in Landscape mode as my table has so many columns.

If I add a new column to the right and the darn column extends crazily beyond the width of the page, what is the easiest way of reducing the column witdth for that new column?  Because it disappears off the page, its not easy to adjust the width without changing the page to landscape mode temporarily then back to portrait again

Question by:abdb469
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    In your Word Document, click on the column so that the column is highlighted. Right Click and select Table Properties. Click on the Column Tab and set the column width. Make it narrow to fit on the page and then go from there. .... Thinkpads_User

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    Sure. but isnt there a way of prevening it from spanning off the page in the first place?  often there is enough space for MS Word to create an additional column but for some reason it chooses to go crazy on the size and go off page.
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    by:John Hurst
    When you insert a column, it looks at adjacent columns, which is why it does that.  When you set up a new table, it will set column width equal and just outside the margins. So I always use the column width property if I add a column that gets very wide. Since what I do works, I just use that method. ... Thinkpads_User
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    Assisted Solution

    That could happen if you remove the tick on the 'Automatically resize to fit contents' checkbox on the Table Options dialogue.
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    by:John Hurst
    Thank you and I was pleased to assist you. .... Thinkpads_User

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