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In Microsoft Word 2000, when you open a document that was created in a bi-directional version of Microsoft Word 97 and that contains tables, the table row directions and table cell widths change.
This problem occurs when a table contains both right-to-left and left-to-right rows. In this case, the direction of the whole table is changed to right-to-left.
In the bi-directional versions of Word 97 (Arabic and Hebrew), you can set the direction for each individual row. There is an option in the TableFormatCell dialog box in these versions that lets you do this.
In Word 2000, the direction can only be set for an entire table.
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 the Word 2000 Update: April 25, 2002.
NOTE: This fix for this problem converts the original Word 97 table into several tables. Each time the row direction changes, a new table begins.