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How To Have A Blank Line Before your Tables

If you would like to place a blank line before your table, how you do so will depend on where your table is located in your document. This might sound a little weird, but that is just how Word works. If your table is the very first thing in your document, all you need to do is click Ctrl+Home to position your cursor at the left side of the first cell of your table. Then click Enter. Word will place a blank line before your  table.

This will only work if your table is the first thing in your document. If you try this with a table that is anywhere else in your document, Word will simply add a new paragraph within the first cell of your table. To place a new blank line before the table, you will have move to the end of the paragraph just before your table and click Enter. You are not clicking Enter in your table; you are clicking it just before your table.

If you want a new paragraph within the first cell of your table, and the table is at the very beginning of your document, you cannot get it by clicking Enter, or other combinations of Enter such as Alt+Enter or Ctrl+Enter. Instead, you have to either copy the paragraph mark to the cell from a different location, or you can follow the steps below:

  1. Click Ctrl+Home to position your cursor in the first cell at the beginning of your table and document.
  2. Click Enter. A blank line (paragraph) will appear before your table. Your cursor is on the blank line.
  3. Click the Down Arrow to again position your cursor at the beginning of the first cell of your table.
  4. Click Enter. A new paragraph is added in the first cell.
  5. Delete the new paragraph added after step 2 above.