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I consider myself pretty good at word but this one has me stumped.  I have a table in a word file where I need the top border to be a double line, some borders of cells to have no lines and some borders to have a single line (basically its a contract and I need a top border to indicate the signing portion of the contract and then using borders to indicate where signatures should be placed) heres my issue:

I go in and manually change the borders to single line where I need, I'm using the borders and shading dialog box, switching to custom, picking my line weight and then picking the line I want to change while making sure Im applying it to the cell only.  I have checked table properties and options to make sure there is no spacing between my cells and there is not.  I go to print preview and it shows the layout like I want it but I print the page and low and behold, double lines everywhere i wanted a single line.

I'm afraid I don't have any ideas about this at all since it sounds like you're doing everything right. It could be a printer issue; if you have the ability to test on another printer (by sharing the document with a friend, for example), you might be able to determine this. The fact that Print Preview shows the document correctly is especially odd. If you have Word 2007 or above, try printing to PDF (Save as PDF) to see if the same thing happens.  
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

Rotary Club of Fairhope, Friends of the Fairhope Public Library

B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

Awards and Honors
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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