Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Table Design Principles
Figure 2-4 demonstrates these concepts. Notice how the numbers are no longer caged in gridlines.
Also, headings now jump out at you with the addition of Single Accounting underlines.
Figure 2-4: Minimize the use of borders and use the Single Accounting underlines to accent the column
Single Accounting underlines are different from the standard underlines you typically
apply by pressing Ctrl+U on the keyboard. Standard underlining draws a line only as far
as the text goes. That is to say, if you underline the word YES, you get a line under the
three letters. Single Accounting, on the other hand, draws a line across the entire
column, regardless of how big or small the word is. This makes for a minimal but apparent
visual demarcation that calls out your column headers nicely.
To format your borders, follow these steps:
1. Highlight the cells you’re working with, right-click, and select Format Cells.
The Format Cells dialog box appears.
2. Click the Border tab, shown in Figure 2-5.
3. Select an appropriate line thickness.
You typically want to select the line with the lightest weight.
4. Select an appropriate color.
Again, lighter hues are the best option.
5. Use the border buttons to control where your borders are placed.