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Part 9. Using Columns and Tables > Formatting a Table

Formatting a Table

To change text formatting, select the cells you want to change (or some text within a single cell) and then use the various familiar buttons on the Formatting toolbar.

To change the horizontal alignment of text within cells, select the cells and then click the desired alignment button on the Formatting toolbar.

To change the border around the outside of the table, first select the entire table by opening the Table menu, choosing Select, and choosing Table.

Next, open the Format menu and choose Borders and Shading.

INTRODUCTION

Formatting a table involves changing the appearance of the text and adding borders and shading. Be careful to select the exact cells that you want to format before using the commands described in this task, and remember that you can always click the Undo button in the Standard toolbar if you make a change you don't like. To learn more ways to format a table, see “Adjusting the Appearance of Your Table” later in this part.


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Adding Shading to Cells

If you want to add shading to some of the cells in your table, select the cells, and then open the Format menu and choose Borders and Shading. Click the Shading tab, click the color you'd like to use, and click OK.


Click the Grid option in the Setting area to change only the outside border, or All to change all of the borders in the table.

Choose the desired options from the Style, Color, and Width lists.

Click the OK button, and then click to deselect the table.

Word applies the border options you chose.


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