The width of the table cells changes when you open a Word 95, a Word 97, or a RTF document in Word 2000

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In Microsoft Word 2000, when you open a document that is in Word 95 format, Word 97 format, or Rich Text Format (RTF) and that contains a table, the column width of the cells may increase. The table may even extend into or beyond the right margin.


This problem occurs when both of the following conditions are true:
  • The table contains split cells or merged cells, or both.

  • The table contains cells whose widths appear the same in the user interface but that actually differ by a few twips.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Office 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
276367 OFF2000: How to Obtain the Latest Office 2000 Service Pack


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Office 2000 Service Pack 2.


A twip is a unit of screen measurement equal to 1/20 of a point. A twip is a screen-independent unit that is used to ensure that placement and proportion of screen elements in your screen application are the same on all display systems. There are approximately 1,440 twips to a logical inch, or 567 twips to a logical centimeter (the length of a screen item measuring one inch or one centimeter when printed).


Article ID: 265516 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 2.3
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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