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Set variable row height

Word
Category: Computer Aided Translation (CAT) assistantsBack to CAT Software section

If you have you ever used SDL Trados 2007 (Word add-in) or Wordfast Classic on fixed-height tables (e.g. produced by word recognition tools like Omnipage or ABBYY Finereader, reports generated with special software, or plain documents produced by a person), you may recognize this picture:

Screenshot: Fixed-height row - before opening a segment Screenshot: Fixed-height row - after opening a segment
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Explanation is simple. For example, OCR software (like Omnipage, Finereader, etc.) try to match the document layout as close as possible, and the side effect is that table rows become fixed height. Likewise, reports generated with some software need to be printed according to special requirements, so fixed height rows are used, too. When you open a segment contained in such a row, all you can usually see is the source segment, but the target segment becomes hidden inside the table cell. So, what can you do?

With this command, you can remove the fixed height setting from selected table rows (single or multiple) or the entire selected table. The row(s) will be automatically resized to show both source and target segments.

Screenshot: Fixed-height setting removed
After running 'Set variable row height' command

How to use

  • If you have opened a segment and the target segment is not fully visible, run the command. See Notes for more info.
  • If you would like to process the entire table or several rows, select the table or rows and run the command.

Notes

  1. To find out how to achieve the same with built-in Word commands, click here.
  2. If a cell contains a lot of text, the row may not fit within the page. Microsoft Word provides a row setting called 'Allow row to break across pages', which may be off, especially if the document was produced with word recognition software (ABBYY Finereader , Omnipage, etc). As a result, it is possible that you will not be able to see the entire opened segment or all translatable cell text because the row will not fit on a single page (due to the row height increasing during translation). Show solution.

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