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DOCX Table Limitations

Overview

This article covers DOCX table limitations.

Table & Cell Width

Microsoft does not specify how it determines the width of each column when a table is set to auto-fit. (It's possible no one at Microsoft even knows what Word is truly doing.) So Windward has an auto-fit algorithm that does a good job. But it will not match what Microsoft does in many cases. Auto-fit will be different.

For specified (non auto-fit) widths, Windward will match Word. 

Table Properties

Absolute positioning of tables and images is not supported. See Template Best Practices for more information.

Fully Supported

  • Bi-directional setting.
  • Cell margins.
  • Conditional formatting (first/last row/column, banding, etc.)
  • Cell spacing.
  • Floating positioning
  • Indent (left margin).
  • Style.

Fully Supported DOCX -> DOCX, Partially Supported DOCX -> Other

  • Alignment. Support left, right, center, justify for all output. Other alignments supported for DOCX output only (and set to left for non DOCX).
  • Background. Patterns supported for DOCX output only. All other settings supported for all output formats.
  • Borders. Fancy borders are DOCX output only. All other border settings supported for all output.

Supported DOCX -> DOCX Only

  • Table overlap allowed. For other outputs overlap is always allowed.
  • If a table is within newspaper columns, it cannot break across columns for paged (PDF, Printer, etc.) output.

Row Properties

Fully Supported

  • Cannot split row across pages
  • Columns before/after the row (a row does not extend across the entire table)
  • Repeat row on every new page
  • Table height
  • Width before/after the row (a row does not extend across the entire table)

Fully Supported DOCX -> DOCX, Partially Supported DOCX -> Other

  • Alignment. Support left, right, center, justify for all output. Other alignments supported for DOCX output only (and set to left for non DOCX).

Supported DOCX -> DOCX Only

  • Cell spacing 

Cell Properties

Fully Supported

  • Cell Margins.
  • Cell Width.
  • Horizontally merged cells.
  • Text direction.
  • Vertical alignment.
  • Vertically merged cells.
  • Word wrap in cell turned on/off.

Fully Supported DOCX -> DOCX, Partially Supported DOCX -> Other

  • Background. Patterns supported for DOCX output only. All other settings supported for all output formats.
  • Borders. Fancy borders are DOCX output only. All other border settings supported for all output.

Supported DOCX -> DOCX Only

  • Fit text within cell.

Cell Content