Why is Email altering Word File

My friend and I both have MS Word 2013.
When he Emails the attached Word file to me (and visa versa), it comes out fine .... however ...
When he Emails it to other people, the columns with the Year and corresponding text don't line up.
(I don't know version of word the other people have, but it could part of the explanation)

The real mystery is that when he emails the document to HIMSELF, the same corruption occurs.

Please speculate as to what may be happening.

EDIT: My attached file seems to have the same corruption!
Chronological-2018.docx
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerAsked:
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BillDLCommented:
Hi Eirman

Could you perhaps do another experiment for us so that we can compare files and try to ascertain what is happening.

Post a sample Lorem Ipsum version before attaching to an email.
Send it as an attachment to yourself, save the attachment received, and post the emailed version here.

My first thoughts were that perhaps when the email with the attachment is received it is being opened directly from the attachment line, and that the layout differs when viewed this way as opposed to saving it out and opening it from a folder.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It is a different construction than I would use. When I click once near the numbers, the column of numbers is highlighted. So then I looked more and it appears to be a table without any borders.

It may be the table is not being properly rendered in the Outlook email.

Are you attaching the document as an attachment ?  That is, not including it in the body of the email?

Do you have a special style that you and your friend use?   That would not explain your friend receiving the document corrupted.
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerAuthor Commented:
I would use one row per year if I was to start over.

It's be sent a a webmail attachment
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I wonder if the attachment is being damaged. I am not sure why this would happen.

Can you send by Outlook to test?
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
I can't reproduce any noticeable problem, but if it is with the vertical alignment between columns, then I would advise placing each year and the corresponding text in its own row.

Even if it works as desired, creating manual vertical spacing with multiple empty paragraphs is  more work and is likely to make updating difficult.
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Neil FlemingConsultant and developerCommented:
As Graham notes, this may be a problem with how Word renders complex tables and their alignment, and in particular with handling of borders/no borders in different versions of Word.

Your table seems to have been created either by merging all the cells with text from what were once rows, or by splitting the year column on its own into multiple cells. As an experiment I first added borders to the table as a whole.

This leaves the years and text lined up OK (at least in Word 2016). Thus:
borders1.jpg
If I add borders to the multiple cells that are present in each "year" section of the left column, however, the alignment is entirely messed up.

borders2.jpg
Using one row per year looks like the way to go.
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerAuthor Commented:
Hi BillDL & John
It's not my PC with the problem (I've only occasional access - I mostly help the guy over the phone).
I don't have the corrupted file - only reports of same (It's never corrupted when he emails to me)
BUT as my "EDIT" said - when I download the file I attached to this EE question, THAT is corrupted.

Neil - The corruption is occurring without editing - Merely emailing & saving the attachment & opening.

As I said, I would use one row per year if I was to start over.

I'll close this question tomorrow
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help you with this.
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BillDLCommented:
Thank you Eirman
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