Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
More Formatting Fun
The underlying reason for the table style issues is the modification of the Normal style.
If the Normal style is the same as the Document Defaults, then the Normal style is
empty and the Document Defaults are used. If the Normal style is not empty and a font
size is defined, then the font size defined in the Normal style takes precedence over the
table style.
Even if you do not completely grasp the underlying rationale—it took working through
several scenarios to fully understand this myself—the solution to this issue is simple. All
you need to do is modify the formats for the Normal style so that they match those of
the Document Defaults. Then modify the Document Defaults and use it as your
formatting base instead of the Normal style. If the Normal style is left unchanged, then the
longstanding issues involving the Table Style type, as well as some issues involving the
List Style type, are circumvented.
Additionally, if you encounter these issues in some documents but not others, this can
help to explain why these events occur. Note that the resolution is the same even if the
documents were created in a previous version of Word.
More Formatting Fun
As mentioned earlier in this chapter, the simplest and most convenient way to format your
tables involves using the table styles that come with Word because they are predesigned to
coordinate with the overall theme selected for your document. When you use one of them,
you know they’re going to look good with the other formatting in your document. But if
you really want to break out of the mold and make some customizations of your own, you
might want to use the following table formatting tools to do it:
Experiment with custom borders on your table by selecting the table and choosing
Borders on the Design tab of the contextual Table Tools (see the graphic that
follows). Use the Line Weight, Line Style, and Pen Color tools in the Draw Borders group
to help get the style just right. And of course, if you don’t like what you see, use the
Eraser tool to remove it.
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