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Microsoft Word - Stopping a Table Row from Breaking Across Two Pages

Updated on October 13, 2015

Stopping a Table Row from Breaking Across Two Pages

It is very easy to prevent table row from splitting over two pages by following the steps below.

  1. Select the row (or rows) that you want to keep together.
  2. Click on the Table Tools Layout tab.
  3. Click on Properties in the Table group.
  4. Click on the Row tab.
  5. Uncheck the Allow row to break across pages check box.
  6. Click on OK.

These steps won't stop a table from splitting across two pages; it only stops individual rows from splitting across pages.

Follow the Steps Above in This Screenshot

With Allow Row to Break Across Pages OFF

With Allow Row to Break Across Pages unchecked, that entire row of the table had to move to the next page in order to stay together. Now, my text is unbroken across the page and easier for the reader to view.

Table text is no longer split across pages

Keep Multiple Rows from Breaking Across Two Pages

If your table is in such a format that it's mostly text where you would want that text to remain together, you can select either multiple rows or the entire table and apply this setting to all of the rows at the same time. The advantage would be that if you went back and edited other text in the document before the table, as the page breaks changed, you wouldn't have to constantly go back and change this property one row at a time.

Planning basic formatting strategies like this one will save you time editing later for larger documents like manuals.

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