Microsoft Word table: Automatically adjust row/cell height

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Tables are a good way of presenting text and data clearly. If you use tables in Microsoft Word, it can happen that the row height of the table does not automatically adjust to the text. Parts of the text then disappear or are cut off, as you can see in the screenshot below, because the row height is too small. You then always have to adjust the row height manually, e.g. by dragging with the mouse, which can be annoying and inconvenient, especially if there is a page change.

Word document with a table in which the text is truncated and the row height is not automatically adjusted
Word table rows does not adjust automatically, text is partially hidden and not visible


To fix the problem, select the relevant rows or the entire table.

Then right-click and select Table Properties….

Screenshot Word select Table Properties...
Select the relevant rows and call up table properties with right-click

In the following dialogue, go to the “Row” tab. The problem is most likely due to the fact that the Row height is set to “Exactly“.

Dialog Table Properties Tab Row, Row Size
The row height setting is probably set to “Exactly”

I recommend in the tab “Row” under the section “Size” to make the following settings, as shown in the screenshot below:

    1. Set the “Row height is:” to “At least”
    2. Set the height to “0 cm”
    3. Disable checkbox “Specify height”
Table Properties window: New settings for row height
Deactivate “Specifiy height” and set row height to “At least”

After that you can write in the table cell and with each line break the height of the cell will automatically adjust to the text.

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