I'm on Windows 7 using emacs version GNU Emacs 24.5.1 (i686-pc-mingw32) of 2015-04-11 on LEG570.

When I create tables with org-mode, I end up having something like this.
misaligned table on row #2.

I searched and found the following questions:

  1. org mode table formatting issue - The answer to this question was to use a monospaced (non-propotional font). In my case I'm using consolas which is a monospace font. So the answer does not apply.
  2. org-mode table layout - The answer to this question is also to use a monospaced font - So does not apply for my case.
  3. org-mode table editor behaves strangely - This question remains unanswered.

I don't remember from when this thing had broken. I suspected that the contents (some tag settings etc) might be causing this erratic behaviour and created a new test.org file. It was no different as shown below.
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Note: Are there any updates to org-mode which will fix this issue? BTW, my org-version is
Org mode version 9.1.5 (9.1.5-1-gb3ddb0-elpaplus @ c:/Users/path/to/Roaming/.emacs.d/elpa/org-plus-contrib-20171225/) and I have not been able to update my org-plus-contrib package since Jan 2018.

  • Just to add: is a link [[link][link label]] in included in the table and we used <> to reduce the size of the column in the buffer, it get even worse.
    – Diogo
    Commented Jul 14, 2018 at 18:41

2 Answers 2


You are on a 2-month old Org stable version. This issue has long been fixed. Try the latest Org stable from Org Elpa.

Update Org using instructions on https://orgmode.org/elpa.html.

  • This table formatting was working before. I don't know what happened. I will try to update from elpa
    – Prasanna
    Commented Feb 20, 2018 at 17:20

The problem seemed to be with updating the org version as Kaushal Modi pointed out.

Steps to fix this issue:

  1. I downloaded the latest org-plus-contrib-yyyymmdd from elpa. The file is available only in .tar extension. (Convert that to ZIP online if you do not have archive program that can handle tar extension)
  2. I extracted the ZIP archive into C:\Users\path_to\AppData\Roaming\.emacs.d directory and restarted emacs.
  3. After restart, ran M-x org-version and the version had changed to 9.1.6 from 9.1.5

This fixed the table formatting issue. (I'm not a 100% sure of the cause of the problem, but this update fixed things, the way they should be)

  • Why would you add a duplicate answer? In any case, anyone reading this, there's a simpler way to install the Org package, see orgmode.org/elpa.html. Also I am 100% sure that updating Org stable fixed the issue, and so I had answered so. Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 12:54
  • In my case, I could not update directly from emacs. I had to download manually and do it. If you think that this could be a duplicate answer, feel free to mark as not an answer or duplicate answer.
    – Prasanna
    Commented Feb 22, 2018 at 0:49
  • It does not solve it. New version still have the problem
    – Diogo
    Commented Jul 14, 2018 at 18:42

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