Suppose you have a table that you do not want to extend past three lines vertically in any given cell. You may wonder if there is a way to lock how many lines there can be in any given cell of a table.
Normally the height of a row (which, of course, controls the height of cells in that row) can vary from row to row. Word does this so that whatever you place in the row can be fully accommodated by the table. There may be times when you do not want the row to expand, but instead you want the row to be a specific height.
Follow the steps below to learn how you can set the row height to only allow three lines of text:
- Select your entire table. Position your cursor within your table, and display the Layout tab of your Ribbon, and choose Select Table from the Select pull-down list.
- Right-click the selected table and then select Table Properties from the Context menu. Word will display the Table Properties dialog box.
- Be certain the Row tab is selected.
- In the Specify Height box, indicate how high you would like each row. For three lines of 12-point type, you should specify one-half inch.
- Using the Row Height Is drop-down list, select Exactly.
- Click OK.
Now your row height will never go above whatever you set in step 4 above. Note that this approach will not stop someone from adding information that requires more than three lines in a table cell; it just will not display anything beyond the first three lines.