Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Deleting All or Part of a Table
Formatting a Table
The Table Tools | Design Tab has two sections for table styles, as shown in Figure
• Table Style Options is where you select the table elements you want to
• Table Styles is where you choose a style to apply to your table.
Here’s how to format your table using Table Styles:
1. Clickanywhere inthetableyouwantto formattobringuptheTableTools
The ribbon changes to show sections and buttons for formatting tables. In the
Table Style Options section, you have these choices:
— Header Row (Alt, JT, A) sets off the top row from the rest of your table to
emphasize column headings.
— Total Row (Alt, JT, T) sets off the very last row from the rest of the table—
useful if you’ve got columns of figures to add up.
— Banded Row (Alt, JT, R) alternates colors between rows—the rows may
be blue, white, then blue again, and so on, for example—which is great for
helping readers trace information across the table.
— First Column (Alt, JT, M) emphasizes the table’s far-left column. You
might do this to set off names, for example, from the information about
— Last Column (Alt, JT, N) emphasizes the table’s far-right column, which is
useful if the far-right column holds totals.
— Banded Columns (Alt, JT, U) alternates colors between columns. If readers
are likely to read down the columns rather than across the table (if columns
hold numbers you’re adding up, for example), then this style helps them
stay in a column as they read.
The checkboxes you turn on determine the styles that appear in the Table Styles
styleswith theoptionsyouchose.Use theupanddownarrowsorclick the
As you pass the mouse pointer over the various choices, Word displays a live
preview of how your table looks in that style.
Word gets to work and applies the formatting in a jiffy.