Microsoft Word table issue

Last month, a colleague came across an interesting issue with a Microsoft Word table.

Here’s an extract of what he had on his screen:

By  Ester

Notice the regular white space inside the table cells – well, they don’t actually appear in the on-line version of the document or the print preview…only in the printed copy.

So, troubleshooting this, we tried:

  1. a different printer – no change
  2. another different printer, this time a different make – no change
  3. re-applying the shading to the cells – no change

The [quick] solution ended up being as simple as creating a new blank document and a little bit of cut’n’paste.

Has anybody seen a similar issue? Was there a better resolution?