How to recover disappearing table text in Word

When working with tables in Word, your text may disappear, but it's not gone forever. Mary Ann Richardson teaches you how to get around this irritating feature by recovering disappearing table text.

Do you ever notice that your table text disappears after you perform certain operations in Word? For example, when you click and drag a row to move it to another part of the table, instead of moving the whole row, it replaces the contents of existing cells in the destination row. This usually occurs because when you click and drag across a row, you may have selected only the cells in the row, not the entire row. To select the entire row, you must also select the invisible end-of-row marker. Here's how:

  1. Click the Show/Hide button in the Standard toolbar.
  2. Move the mouse to the left margin; when the pointer becomes a white arrow, point to the row you want to move and right-click.
  3. Click Cut.
  4. Point the white arrow toward the row below the insertion point.
  5. Right-click and select Paste.

Using the white arrow pointer to select (rather than click and drag) gives you more control when selecting the end-of-row marker. With the Show/Hide button on, you can see for sure whether you have selected both the cells and the end-of-row marker for the row.

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