In Microsoft Word 2010 for Windows, I can duplicate a table simply by clicking its handle at the top-left (which selects the entire table), copying it and pasting it. When I do that in Word:mac, the table and contents is duplicated without any of the table formatting. This kinda sucks because the original table has a number of merged cells and all sorts of formatting going on. I'm basically using the source table as a template.

I just updated Office:mac 2011 to SP2.

3 Answers 3


Go to:

  1. Word → Preferences → Edit → Settings
    (under cut and paste options use smart cut and paste)

  2. Remove the check mark on "Adjust table formatting and alignment on paste".

Now try copy-paste of a table. It works.

  • 1
    I disabled "Use smart cut and paste" (Word -> Preferences -> Edit) and now it works. It should be called stupid cut and paste.
    – Steve
    Commented May 26, 2012 at 5:30
  • Neither of these tips worked for me. Using version "Word 2011 14.4.4. (14087)".
    – asgs
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 4:12

Neither one of these methods works for me. I tried unchecking both boxes in the address mentioned, but the problem, yet remains. The table goes scattered after I try to paste it in Mac Pages.

  • This "Answer" is actually a question, not an answer. I understand that you do not have the rep required to leave comments, but a comment should never be posted as an answer. Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 0:38

So I tried to copy a few lines of words with the table to paste and it worked. I hope it does for you too.

example: copy "Hello how are you" with "Table 3." and the table itself.

Hello how are you

Table 3.

Table here

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    The OP indicated above that disabling smart cut and paste solved the issue.
    – bmike
    Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 2:18

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