Microsoft Word - Use Paragraph Spacing To Apply Cell Padding In Tables (Word 97/2000/2001/2002)


In a recent tip, we explained how you can adjust a table's cell margins to add breathing room between cell borders and cell contents. You can achieve a similar effect by adding paragraph spacing to a cell's contents.


  • To add space at the top or bottom of a cell, select the first or last line in the cell (as applicable), and then choose Format | Paragraph. In the Spacing panel on the Indents And Spacing sheet, enter the amount of space you want to add in the Before or After text box (as applicable). When you've finished, click OK.
  • To add space along the left or right edge of a cell, select the entire cell, and then choose Format | Paragraph. In the Indentation panel on the Indents And Spacing sheet, enter the amount of space you want to add in the Left or Right text box (as applicable). When you've finish, click OK.

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