Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Formatting a Table
Adding Borders and Shading
To apply background shading to one or more cells, select the parts of the table you want
to shade. On the Design tab (see Figure 8-8), click Shading (in the Table Styles group) and
select a color.
To apply a border, first select the line type, weight, and color in the Draw Borders group on
the Design tab. Then click the arrow next to Borders (in the Table Styles group) to display
a gallery of locations to which you can apply the border. Your gallery choice becomes the
default, so you can apply the same border (for example, a border around the outside of the
selection) to another selection simply by clicking Borders without opening its gallery.
The Borders And Shading dialog box from earlier Word versions is available in Word 2010;
click Design, Borders, Borders And Shading, or more simply, right-click the table and
choose Borders And Shading. For tables and cells, the only feature the dialog box provides
that isn’t available on the Design tab is the ability to apply some unappealing patterns as
The quickest way to dress up your table is to use a style. On the Layout tab (see Figure 8-8),
click the More button by the Table Styles gallery to see nearly 100 colorful table styles from
which you can choose.
Check boxes in the Table Style Options group on the Layout tab determine which parts of a
style are applied:
● Select Header Row if the first row of your table has column titles. Similarly, select First
Column if the first column contains row titles.
● Select Total Row if you want a specially formatted row at the bottom of the table—
one that is typically used for numeric totals or summary data. Last Column serves a
similar purpose for the rightmost column.
● Select Banded Rows or Banded Columns if you want to use bands of alternating
colors to make your table easier to read.
To customize the table style currently in use, open the Table Styles gallery and click Modify
Table Style. In the Modify Style dialog box, shown next, you can change any component of
the style—fonts, borders, shading, alignment, banding, and so on—for the entire table or
independently for each part of the style (such as the header row or last column).