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I'm using MS-Word 2007 (version 12) on a Dell Optiplex running Windows 7.

I need to put two separate tables (the same width) side by side on one page.  

I figured that the best way to do that would be to divide the page into two equal columns.  And then insert one table into the left column, and then insert the second table into the right column.  Is there a way to insert tables into columns?  I can create the tables with no problem.  And I can set the page layout for two equal columns.  But when I paste the table in the left column, it seems to delete the right column.  

Do you have a better suggestion as to how to do what I need to do?  (I.E.: Put two equal tables side-by-side on one page in MS-Word?)

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

2 column and nested table
2 column and nested ta  
Hi David,

There are some variables that would determine the best approach. If your table will never exceed one page, setting up your document as 2 columns will work well. Then right column will only be usable if you insert a column break (Page Layout > Breaks > Column).

If tables could expand multiple pages, it would be best to have a nested table. For the nested table, you will need to create a table (3 columns) allowing for each table as well as a column between tables so they do not merge. Next you will insert a table into left column of first table (as many rows/columns as you need) and then repeat in right column. You will be able to work with this table as you would any other table.

Please see attached screen shot for samples of each. Feel free to follow up if additional instructions are required and I will do my best to assist.

Hope this was helpful.

Michelle Howell, Microsoft Office PC and Mac
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