Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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After you have created a table, you can add new borders or erase existing borders by
using the buttons on the Tables and Borders toolbar. You can modify an existing border by
changing its line weight (its thickness). You can also choose a different line style —for
instance, you can change a single straight-line border to a triple dotted line. If you prefer,
you can create a table without any borders at all. You can also turn off the underlying
gridlines by using the Hide Gridlines command on the Table menu. (Depending on how
your computer is set up, gridlines might be hidden by default.)
Altering Table Borders
Select the cell (or cells) whose borders you want to change.
Click the Line Weight list arrow on the Tables and Borders toolbar, and then select a
Click the Line Style list arrow on the Tables and Borders toolbar, and then select a
Click the Borders list arrow on the Tables and Borders toolbar, and then select a position
for the new border.
Use the Draw Table pointer to click the parts of the table that you want formatted with
the selected line weight and line style.
To modify the table’s borders:
1. Click the selection bar to the left of row 1 to select the heading row.
2. Click the Line Weight list arrow on the Tables and Borders toolbar, and then click
2 1 ⁄ 4 pt . Next, you will examine the options available in the Line Style list. Currently, a single
straight-line border is selected.
3. Click the Line Style list arrow on the Tables and Borders toolbar, and then
scroll to view the various options. Note that you can remove borders (without removing the
underlying gridlines) by selecting the No Border option. Caitlyn prefers a simple border, so
you decide not to change the current selection.
Trouble? If a single, straight-line border is not selected in the Line Style list, click the first
line style under “No Border” now.
4. Press the Esc key. The Line Style list closes. You have selected a single straight-line border,
with a thickness of 2 1 ⁄ 4 points.
5. Click the Outside Border list arrow on the Tables and Borders toolbar. (The exact
name shown in the ScreenTip for this list arrow will vary, depending on what option is cur-
rently selected in the list. For example, it may currently be called the All Borders list arrow
instead of the Outside Border list arrow.) A palette of options appears. You want to insert a
thick border at the bottom of Row 1, so you need to use the Bottom Border option.
6. Click the Bottom Border option (in the bottom row of the Borders palette, third from
the left). The new border style is applied to the bottom border of row 1.
7. Click anywhere in the table to deselect the row. See Figure 3-30.