word 2003--lost characters in a table's cell

Microsoft Office word 2003
September 3, 2010 at 17:04:21
Specs: Windows Vista
I have received a file (written using Word 2003) containing a table. When I open the file using Word 2003 and type a new line in one cell of the table, if the entry is longer than the width of the cell then characters about 20 typed after I reach the width of the cell do not appear in the file on the next line.
I would like to change the settings for the file (or for the table) so that I can type text that is longer than the width of a cell and see that text.

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September 4, 2010 at 09:34:06

There are a number of settings that affect Word's table size and actions.

First try this:
Right-click on the cell in the table (or select the whole table and right-click).
Select 'Table Properties...'.
In the Table properties dialog box select the 'Cell' tab.
In the Cell tab click the 'Options...' button.

You can check either ''Wrap text' or 'Fit to text'.
You probably want to use 'Wrap text', as 'Fit to text' changes the font size - usefull if you have occasional cells with text that is just a shade too long to fit.

Click OK out of the dialog boxes.

Alternatively select the 'Table' tab in the Table properties dialog box and click the 'Options...' button.
Check the 'Automatically resize to fit contents' box.

You can also manually resize row heights - with the mouse over the lower border of a row, when the mouse changes to two parallel lines, click the left mouse button, hold it down and drag the row to the required height.


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September 5, 2010 at 11:44:53

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