Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Adding Table Borders
3. Click the color you want in the Theme Colors area of the gallery.
It’s a good idea to stay with the Theme Colors so that they coordinate with the colors
in the rest of your document.
4. Use the Weight And Dashes settings to choose the width and style of the line used
for the picture border.
Remember that you can point to a selection to preview it before selecting it.
You can also spruce up the images in your documents by adding drop shadows,
applying 3-D settings, rotating images, and much more. For more about
working with pictures in your Word documents, see Chapter 17, “Adding and Editing
Pictures and Screenshots.”
Adding Table Borders
Word includes an entire set of border options that you can apply to your tables. The tools
are easy to use and can help you change a boring table into something that looks
professional and really showcases your data effectively. For in-depth coverage of creating and
working with tables, be sure to check out Chapter 15, “Clarify Your Concepts in Professional
Tables.” This section provides the basic steps for adding borders and shades to your tables.
As you know, Word includes a gallery of table styles that you can apply to your tables. The
table styles that are available to you depend on the theme you’ve selected for the
document. (For more information about using themes in Word 2010, see Chapter 4, “Templates
and Themes for a Professional Look.”) The table styles that appear could give you all of
the borders you’ll ever need. However, if you want to change the borders used in the style,
knowing how to customize your table borders comes in handy.
In the Borders And Shading dialog box, you can choose the border setting, style, color, and
width, as you learned earlier in this chapter. If you want to experiment with custom lines
and mix and match line styles in your table border, use the tools presented on the Design
tab, which is available on the Table Tools contextual tab that appear when you select the
table. The following procedure shows you how to do it:
1. Begin by selecting the table element to which you want to apply the border.
You might select the entire table or simply a column, row, a single cell, or selection of
cells. To select a specific cell, simply click it to position the cursor in that location.
2. On the contextual Table Tools tab, click Design.
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