How to keep a table in one page of a Word document

Word 2016
A lot of documents Word contain tables. If you have a small table, you may want to keep it on one page even if Word tries to split it between pages.

To keep a table on one page, do the following:

   1.   Select the table:

  • You can select all rows or columns of the table one by one
  • Move the mouse over the table until you see the table selection icons in the upper-left corner of the table and then click it:
The table selection icons in Word 2016

Note: You can also click on the table selection icon in the bottom-right corner for the same effect.

   2.   On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the dialog box launcher:

Paragraph group in Word 2016

   3.   In the Paragraph dialog box, on the Line and Page Breaks tab, select the Keep with next checkbox:

Keep with next in Paragraph dialog box Word 2016

If you use the option Keep with next for entire table, it won’t be split to the different pages:

  • Before changes:
    Splitted table in Word 2016
  • After changes:
    Non-splitted table in Word 2016

Notes:

  1. You can keep the text before the table with it, just do the same for the paragraph of the text that you want to keep with the table.

    See How to keep lines and paragraphs together in Word document.

  2. If you have a big table that it can’t be displayed on one page, Word moves it on the next page even if only one symbol leaves on the page and splits it anyway:
    Splitted large table in Word 2016

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