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Chapter 19. Modifying Tables > Formatting a Table

Formatting a Table

You can format the text and cells in a table to produce attractive and professional-looking tables. You can format text and paragraphs just as you do in the body text of your document. To make a table more attractive and more readable, you can add borders and shading around the entire table or to selected cells. You also can draw gridlines within the table. To enhance the appearance or make important data stand out, you can use colored borders or shaded or colored backgrounds. In addition, 40 different shades and patterns are available for black-and-white laser printers—an important feature when you want your document to make a good impression.

You can format the contents in the table's cells by using the same procedures that you use to format regular text. To change the font, font size, and font style, choose Format, Font. To adjust the spacing and indentation of cell contents, choose Format, Paragraph. Remember that you can use the shortcut menus to access these formatting commands. Click the right button after you select the cells, columns, or rows that you want to format, and then choose from the shortcut menu the formatting command that you want to use.


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