FrameMaker Tips | Breaking a Table Across Pages

Posted on: July 20, 2020 / FrameMaker Tips /

FrameMaker Tips

Breaking a Table Across Pages

Category: Using FrameMaker

If all the rows of a table don’t fit on a page, some of the rows move to the next page. Never fear, you can control how the table breaks between pages. For example, you can specify that two rows always appear together on the same page. You can also force a break at any row in a table.

Keeping two rows together and forcing a page break are not part of the table format settings, they are custom settings (similar to text overrides), which you make on a case-by-case basis. If you apply a custom setting to the table, it is not overwritten when the table format is updated.

Keeping two rows together (bumping a row) allows the table to reflow if the content before the table is changed. Forcing a page break will force the row to the top of the page until the break is removed.

Bumping a Row

To bump a row to the next page:

  1. Place the cursor in the row to be moved.
  2. From the Table menu, choose Row Format.
  3. Check the box for Keep with Next.

Breaking a Table at a Specific Place

Just as you can have a table or paragraph always start at the top of a page or column, you can do the same with a specific row in a table. Later, you can remove the page break if you want to.

To add or remove a page break in a table:

  1. Click in the row you want to change, and choose Table > Row Format.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To force the row to the top of the next column, choose Top of Column or one of the Top of Page options from the Start Row pop-up menu.
    • To remove a page break, choose Anywhere from the Start Row pop-up menu.


If you have a table that won’t let you break across two pages:

Check the paragraph tag pagination settings:

  1. Place the cursor in the text line that contains the table marker.
  2. Go to Paragraph Designer (ctrl + m).
  3. In the Pagination tab, turn off Keep With Next Pgf.
  1. If the marker’s paragraph tag is correct, check the tag of the lines above and below the marker.

Check the Table Designer:

  1. Place the cursor in the table.
  2. Go to Table Designer (ctrl + t).
  3. Check the Start setting.
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