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Hi Suzanne - is there a way to change the default in Word so that it doesn't automatically resize to fit contents in Tables? I almost never want it to do that, and I can't figure out how to "uncheck" it permanently.

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Dawn Wingert

There is no way to do this through the UI. Even if you define a table style, that particular property is not available. It's possible that this could be accomplished by VBA, but I have no expertise in this area. You could save a table, formatted to your specifications, as a building block (AutoText entry), but if you had to change the number of columns and other formatting, it would be more trouble than just using AutoFit | AutoFit Window (or Fixed Column Width) on the contextual Table Tools | Layout tab.
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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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