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Chapter 7. Creating Tables > Borders and Cell Shading

Borders and Cell Shading

Borders are the lines surrounding cells. Shading is fill within cells. The Table > Table AutoFormat command offers a collection of templates for borders and shading that you can apply to a table (discussed in “Creating a Simple Table,” earlier in this chapter). If you prefer, you can follow the procedure below to set cell borders and shading manually.

To set borders and shading manually

1.
Select the cells whose borders or shading you want to set or change.

2.
From the Tables and Borders toolbar, choose a line style, weight, and border color (Figure 7.27).

Figure 7.27. Choose a line style, weight, and border color from the Tables and Borders toolbar.


3.
Click the Border icon on the Tables and Borders toolbar, and then pick the type of border, such as top, bottom, left, right, or outside, you wish to apply to the selected cells (Figure 7.28).

Figure 7.28. From the Borders pop-up palette, choose a border option to apply to the selected cells.


4.
To apply shading to the selected cells, click the Shading Color icon on the Tables and Borders toolbar and choose a color from the drop-down palette.

The completed table can contain any combination of borders and shading (Figure 7.29).

Figure 7.29. A table with varied line styles and shade fills often looks more professional.



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