Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Applying Shades to Tables and Paragraphs
reader’s eye to an important summary, or make items pop out from the page. When you
add a shade to text, you can control the color, transparency, and pattern used to create the
shaded effect.
Applying Shades to Tables and Paragraphs
Word’s table styles make use of shading in various ways to create professional effects for
your tables. You can use one of the preset table styles by selecting the table and then
choosing the style you like from the Table Style gallery (available when you choose Design
on the contextual Table Tools tab). Chapter 15 includes detailed information on using table
styles to format your tables.
When you want to apply custom shading to text, paragraphs, table cells, tables, or
headings, you can use the Shading tab in the Borders And Shading dialog box. You can also
choose the Shading button in the Paragraph group on the Home tab (when you’ve selected
text) or the Shading button on the Design tab on the contextual Table Tools tab (when you
have selected a table). To apply shading effects, follow these steps:
1. Select the item you want to shade.
2. Display the Borders And Shading dialog box then select the Shading tab.
The Shading tab contains various options that you can use to add and modify shades.
The borders and shading features of Word work independently, which means
that if you add shading without adding a border, the item appears with only the
shade behind it—no outer border is added automatically. To add a border to
a shaded item, select it and then display the Borders And Shading dialog box.
Choose border settings on the Borders tab and then click OK to apply the border
to the shaded selection.
In the Fill area, click the color you want to apply.
If you don’t see the color you want, you can click More Colors to open the Colors
dialog box and choose another. Alternatively, you can click the Custom tab in the
Colors dialog box to enter the RGB or HSL values for a custom color (described on
page 594).
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