Hiding the Bottom Border on Tables When Crossing Page Breaks

By default, if you have a table that crosses multiple pages in print-based output, the bottom border is shown before the table continues on the next page.

However, you also have the option to hide the bottom border when the table continues on another page.

This can be done through styles or by using local formatting. Using styles is usually recommended because the setting is automatically applied to any content using that style throughout the project, whereas local formatting affects only the particular content that you are working on.

How to Hide Table Bottom Borders in a Regular Stylesheet

  1. From the Content Explorer, open the stylesheet that you want to modify.
  2. From the Medium drop-down in the Stylesheet Editor, make sure the proper medium is selected before you begin. In the Advanced view, you can open multiple mediums at once; you just need to look at the title at the top of the medium pane and make sure you are working in the correct one. If you are not using stylesheet mediums for your different outputs or if you want all mediums to have the same settings, just leave the medium set to default and continue.

    Mediums can be used if you want to use one group of settings for online output types and another group of settings for print-based output types. For example, you might use the default medium for your online outputs and the print medium for your print outputs. See Mediums and Media Queries.

    Please note that Flare remembers the last medium that you used when working in the stylesheet, so it may or may not be the one that you want to use the next time around.

  3. In the local toolbar, make sure the first button displays . If the button displays instead, then click it.
  4. In the upper-left corner of the editor, click in the drop-down field and select .
  5. On the left side of the editor, select the table style.
  6. From the Show drop-down list on the upper-right side of the editor, select . The most relevant properties for that style are shown on the right side of the editor.
  7. (Optional) You can use the toggle button in the local toolbar to show properties below in a group view or an alphabetical view .
  8. If you are using the group view, expand the Table group.
  9. To the right of mc-hide-bottom-ruling, click , and select true.

  10. Click to save your work.

How to Hide Table Bottom Borders in a Table Stylesheet

  1. From the Content Explorer, open the stylesheet that you want to modify.
  2. In the Table Style Editor, select the General tab.
  3. Toward the bottom of the tab, click the field labeled Hide bottom ruling when table crosses a page break, and select True.

  4. Click to save your work.

How to Hide Table Bottom Borders Locally in the Properties Dialog

  1. Open the content file.
  2. Click inside the table.
  3. Do one of the following, depending on the part of the user interface you are using:
    • Ribbon Select Table > Table Properties.
    • Right-Click Right-click the table and from the context menu, select Table Properties.
  4. Select the Borders tab.
  5. Click the field labeled Hide bottom ruling when table crosses a page break, and select True.

  6. Click OK.
  7. Click to save your work.

What’s Noteworthy?

Note Because you can often control the look of a table in multiple ways—(1) local formatting tools, (2) local table properties, (3) a table stylesheet, or (4) a regular stylesheet—it's possible that you might encounter conflicting settings from time to time. When this happens, the settings closest to the content typically has precedence. So any explicit setting in the Table Properties dialog (or other local formatting) has precedence over both stylesheet options, and the table stylesheet setting has precedence over the regular stylesheet setting.

You open a regular stylesheet and specify that the outer borders of the table should be green. Then you open the table stylesheet and specify that the outer borders should be red. And then you open the Table Properties dialog and specify that the outer borders should be blue. You've told Flare to do three different things to the same table. So in this case, the table would display blue borders, because the local properties rule over the other settings. But if you remove that setting from the Table Properties dialog and use the default setting, the table would then display red borders, because the table stylesheet has precedence over the regular stylesheet. And finally, if you remove the settings from both the Table Properties dialog and table stylesheet, using the default setting in both, the table would take its command from the regular stylesheet and display green borders.