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Enhancing Your Tables with Formatting
Enhancing Your Tables with Formatting
Once upon a time, tables might have been boring columns of text and numbers, but no
more. In Word 2010 you can apply any number of styles to your table—or create your
own—to add color, typography, pictures, and more to give them just the look you want.
You can change basically everything about a table—from the font to the shading to the line
style and thickness and the display (or not) of the table grid.
By far, the easiest way to change the format of your table is to apply a table style. This
section covers this method and also provides quick steps for customizing specific elements of
your table.
Where is the Table AutoFormat feature?
If you are a Word 2003 user, you might wonder where the Table AutoFormat feature
went. Table Styles enables you to choose and then change the format of tables you
create quickly in your documents. In Word 2010, Table AutoFormat lives on in both of
these features.
Changing Table Format by Using Table Styles
Word 2010 gives you a simple and elegant way to control a host of formatting options in
your document. The theme you selected controls the formatting choices you’ll see for all
kinds of elements—your tables included. If you didn’t choose a theme for your document,
the Office theme is applied by default.
When you add a table to your Word document, the tabs for the contextual Table Tools
appear above the Ribbon. On the Design tab, you’ll see the Table Styles. Use these styles to
change the format of your table with a simple click of the mouse. A table style can add the
following formatting elements to your table:
A new font, size, style, and color for table text
A different look for gridlines and the table border
A new style of shading for columns and rows
A different kind of alignment for table data
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