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Chapter 13. Organizing Concepts in Table... > Enhancing Your Tables with Formattin...

Enhancing Your Tables with Formatting

Tables come in all shapes and sizes, from simple to sophisticated. Word includes a number of formatting features you can apply to your tables to give them the look you want. Word now supports custom table styles, which means you can create your own Table AutoFormats from scratch or modify existing formats to meet your needs. In this section, you’ll also find out about creating borders, adding shading, and using table colors.

Producing a Finished Table with AutoFormat

Word’s Table AutoFormat feature gives you a library of different formats you can apply to your tables. When you want to create a table in a hurry, you can rely on Word’s Table AutoFormat to give you the look you want, and then you can just plug in the data. Or, if you’ve already created a basic table, as discussed in the first half of this chapter, you can apply an AutoFormat to your table. To apply an AutoFormat to an existing table, simply click in the table you want to reformat, open the Table menu, and choose Table AutoFormat. In the Table AutoFormat dialog box (shown in Figure 13-8), scroll through the list to find the format you want to try, then click the desired format and click Apply.


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