Word: Header row won’t repeatMarch 26, 2010
A client sent me a Word document to fix. One of the problems they were having was that the header row on a table would NOT repeat, no matter how many times they turned on or off the setting.
The first thing I noticed was that when I tried to select the header, the preceding paragraph marker was also selected. That was strange, but it was a clue that lead me to the solution.
The table had been set up with Text Wrapping turned on (Around). As soon as I changed it to None, I could select the header row independently of the preceding paragraph marker AND the header row repeated as it should.
You can find the text wrapping option here (you need to select the table first or at least put your cursor inside the table before you can see these options):
- Word 2003: Table > Table Properties > Table tab, Text Wrapping section, select None.
- Word 2007/2010: Table Tools > Layout tab > Table group, Properties icon, Table tab, Text Wrapping section, select None.
Alternatively, right-click anywhere in the table, then select Table Properties.
I don’t know why text wrapping affects the header row repeat function, but it does. Seems strange to me — if you have a table that goes on to a new page, then surely repeating the header row should be totally independent of any text wrapping.
- ‘Header row won’t repeat revisited’ for another reason why: http://cybertext.wordpress.com/2010/10/08/word-header-row-wont-repeat-revisited/