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When you attempt to add columns to a table, you receive the following error message:
This exceeds the maximum width.
This problem can occur when one of the following is true:
To work around this problem, use one of the following methods appropriate for your situation.
Method 1: Use the AutoFit FeatureUse this method if your table columns are set to a large preferred width, and change the table to autofit its contents. To do this, follow these steps:
For additional information about the operating limitations in Microsoft Word, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
This exceeds the maximum number of columns.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211489/EN-US/ )WD2000: Operating Parameter Limitations and Specifications
Method 2: Change the Preferred Width of Your Table ColumnsUse this method if your table columns are set to a large preferred width, or if you have a large amount of text in your table columns. Change the width of your table columns to a smaller width. To do this, follow these steps:
The AutoFit options and table properties available in Word 2000 can result in columns that automatically resize to fit their contents. The width of the columns varies, based on their contents, and may cause the table to reach the 22-inch width limit.
You may also encounter this error when you edit a mail merge data source and you use Manage Fields to add fields. When you create a mail merge data source in Word, the data is stored in a table.