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Chapter 13. Organizing Concepts in Tables > Adding Borders and Shading

Adding Borders and Shading

Borders and shading are two of those fun Word features in which the caveat “a little goes a long way” is particularly meaningful. Think carefully about how and why you’ll use borders, shading, and colors, and then create the table effect to match your thoughtful vision.

Using Borders: Do’s and Don’ts

Applying borders to your documents isn’t rocket science, of course. But by following these simple guidelines, you can make sure your use of borders is a help to your readers, rather than a hindrance.

Do

  • Use a border to set a table off from surrounding text.

  • Create a type of border that gives the reader’s eye a rest.

  • Use gridlines when your table includes columns of numbers.

Don’t

  • Create a heavy, overwhelming border that crowds the text.

  • Mix heavy line weights, dark colors, and multi-line styles for traditional documents.

  • Use designer lines as a grid in the center of your table.



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