I have a two-column table in a document in Pages 5. The table starts mid-way down a page with content above it.

When I add rows to the table, if there isn't enough room to fit the entire table on the same page, the entire table jumps to the next page, leaving a big empty gap in the document.

How do I get Pages to instead start the table at the original page, and span the table onto the next page instead?


Looks like it happens because "Prevent widow & orphan lines" option is activated by default.

Select the text where the table is located, in the Inspector panel look for "More" and uncheck "Prevent widow & orphan lines". I had the same problem and found the solution this Apple Support Communities thread.

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As of Pages 6.3.1 it looks like the situation has got worse!

Within tables there is no "Prevent widow & orphan lines" option in the More tab. It's still there in normal text.

And if a table cell exceeds page limits it's simply truncated and there's no way I can see to recover the text.

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  • @Scot This looks like an answer to me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ – JMY1000 Feb 13 '18 at 20:20
  • Still Pages 7.3 has this issue... :( – juagicre Oct 18 '18 at 15:35

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