Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Row 1 with new border
thicke r line style draws
attention to heading row
8. Save your work.
Changing the borders has made the table more attractive. You’ll finish formatting the
table by adding shading to the cells containing the headings.
Adding shading (a gray or colored background) is useful in tables when you want to empha-
size headings, totals, or other important items. Generally, when you add shading to a table,
you also need to bold the shaded text to make it easier to read.
You will now add a light gray shading to the heading row and then format the headings
To add shading to the heading row and change the headings to bold:
1. Click the selection bar to the left of row 1 to select the heading row.
2. Click the Shading Color list arrow
on the Tables and Borders toolbar. A palette of
shading options opens.
3. Point to the fifth gray square from the left, in the top row. The ScreenTip “Gray-15%”
4. Click the Gray-15% square. A light gray background appears in the heading row. Now you
need to format the text in bold to make the headings stand out from the shading.
5. Click the Bold button on the Formatting toolbar to make the headings bold. The wider
letters take up more space, so Word breaks one or more of the headings into two lines
within row 1.
Trouble? If any of the headings break incorrectly (for example, if the last “n” in
“Installation” moves to the next line), you might need to widen columns to accommodate
the bold letters. Drag the column borders as necessary to adjust the column widths so no
word is split incorrectly.