How to delete end-of-row marker in Word tables?
Thread poster: Erik Freitag

Erik Freitag  Identity Verified
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May 21

Dear colleagues,

How can I remove the end-of-row symbols in a Word table? It looks like a circle with four spikes. Here's an example:

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I'm using Win10 and Word 2010.

Many thanks in advance,
kind regards,
Erik


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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@Erik May 21

Erik Freitag wrote:
How can I remove the end-of-row symbols in a Word table?


You can't. You can hide it by not showing non-printing characters, but you can't remove it.

The same applies to the line break at the end of a document -- you can't remove it, it's always there. If I copy a line of text (without a closing line break) from a text editor into a Word file, it gets the line break. And if I then Ctrl+A and paste it back into the text editor, there is now an added line break.

Wait... Word 2010 does not show a thin grey line for invisible borders, like Word 2003 does. So, I think what you have there, are two rows, and the border between the two rows is invisible. This means that you must select both rows and "merge" them.

Word 2016

word 2016 without grid

Word 2003

word 2003 again

In the next post, Thomas mentions a dotted line, but I don't get a dotted line in either version of Word.


[Edited at 2020-05-21 15:57 GMT]


 

Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
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Why two? May 21

What I don't get is how you can have two end-of-cell markers in one cell. Even if a border line were set to no line, there would still be a dotted line in Word to indicate the cell limit.

 

Stepan Konev  Identity Verified
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This is the end-of-cell marker May 21

It looks the same as the end-of-row marker outside the table. You can remove both by eliminating the table structure. Convert table to text for example.

 

Erik Freitag  Identity Verified
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Thanks! May 21

Thanks, Samuel! Merging the rows worked. I used the "merge cells" function, so I had to do this individually for all cells, but the table wasn't too big!

So, just for the next time - is there a way to do this for a complete table at once? I guess there isn't, because such a function would not be able to distinguish between legitimate and unwanted end-of-row markers?

Thomas, thank you as well! I don't get dotted lines either.


 

Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
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Two separate cells May 21

The answer must be that you have two cells with an invisible border between them.

Click on View gridlines to see the border.

grid


 

Stepan Konev  Identity Verified
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Table grid hidden May 21

Thomas T. Frost wrote:
What I don't get is how you can have two end-of-cell markers in one cell. Even if a border line were set to no line, there would still be a dotted line in Word to indicate the cell limit.

You can hide the table grid.


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Re: gridlines May 21

Thomas T. Frost wrote:
Click on "View gridlines" to see the border.


I confirm that this makes the dotted line appear in Word 365. In this version of Word, go Table Design > Borders > Borders > View Gridlines.

word 365 with grid


 


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