Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Formatting Your Table
Calling attention to different rows and columns
On the (Table Tools) Design tab, Word offers Table Style Options check
boxes for calling attention to different rows or columns (refer to Figure 4-6).
For example, you can make the first row in the table, called the header row,
stand out by selecting the Header Row check box. If your table presents
numerical data with total figures in the last row, you can call attention to
the last row by selecting the Total Row check box. Select or deselect these
check boxes on the (Table Tools) Design tab to make your table easier to
read and understand:
✦ Header Row and Total Row: These check boxes make the first row and
last row in a table stand out. Typically, the header row is a different
color or contains boldface text because it is the row that identifies the
data in the table. Click the Header Row check box to make the first row
stand out; if you also want the last row to stand out, click the Total Row
✦ Banded Columns and Banded Rows: Banded means “striped” in Office
lingo. For striped columns or striped rows — columns or rows that
alternate in color — select the Banded Columns or Banded Rows check box.
✦ First Column and Last Column: Often the first column stands out in a
table because it identifies what type of data is in each row. Select the
First Column check box to make it a different color or boldface its text.
Check the Last Column check box if you want the rightmost column to
Decorating your table with borders and colors
Besides relying on a table style, you can play interior decorator on your
own. You can slap color on the columns and rows of your table, draw
borders around columns and rows, and choose a look for borders. Figure 4-7
shows the drop-down lists on the (Table Tools) Design tab that pertain to
table decoration. Use these drop-down lists to shade table columns and
rows and draw table borders.