Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Table Borders Won't Print.

Table Borders Won't Print

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 22, 2018)

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When you create a table in Word, you can include borders on each cell in the table. When you first add a table to your document, borders are added automatically. The borders that appear around your table on the screen should also print when you send your document to the printer.

If the borders do not print, chances are good that it is because there may not really be borders on your table. This may sound funny, but table borders generally appear as solid lines. If you don't see such lines, but instead see a light gray "shadow" line for your borders, these are not really borders—they are table gridlines. Gridlines are provided by Word so you can see where your table is on the screen. If you suspect this is the case, simply apply new borders to your table to ensure they are present.

If your borders still won't print, you may also want to ensure that you have the latest version of your printer driver. You can download the latest from the Web site for your printer manufacturer.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (13282) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Table Borders Won't Print.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 9 + 2?

2014-10-20 07:34:23

Richard

Don
I'm guessing your comment is not about this tip?
It sounds like you have tracking turned on (to identify changes you have made). If you don't want to track changes any more, and can manage without the change history, you can use the Accept button in the Changes group on the Review tab to Accept All.
If you want to keep the change history, then choose Final in the Tracking group on the Review tab. You will have to do this whenever you open the document.
If you only want to read the document (and keep the change history), I suggest you choose Final (as above) and convert the book to PDF.


2014-10-18 14:51:40

Don Marler

I have a contents page in my memoir. Even though I click no markups when I open the memoir file, every time I open the book, the contents are spaced out and srcambled.(When I select the contents and click on no markups, the scrambling goes away.) How do I get the contents to remain unscrambled permanently?
Don Marler


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