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Chapter 12. Setting Up Tables > Coloring Tables

Coloring Tables

You can give a table a background color or background image that differs from the background of the overall page. You can also use different backgrounds in rows, columns, or individual table cells, as well as on borders.

To set a table background color

Select the table, cell, column, or row (in either view) for which you want to change the background color (Figure 12.84).

Figure 12.84. Select the table or other element for which you want to set the background.

On the Property inspector, locate the Bgcolor text box for your selection (rather than for text; Figure 12.85). Then:

  • Type or paste a hex value for the background color in the Bgcolor text box.


  • Click the gray Color selector button to pop up the Color picker (Figure 12.86), and select a color.

    Figure 12.86. Click the color box to pop up the Color picker, and then choose a color by clicking it.


  • On the Color picker, click the System Color button to open up the Color dialog box (Figure 12.87). For more on using the Color dialog box, see Chapter 3.

    Figure 12.87. The Color dialog box offers additional color selection options. The Color dialog box for the Macintosh is substantively different, as discussed in Chapter 3.

Figure 12.85. Find the Bg button on the Property inspector. If you've selected a cell, column, or row, there will also be a color box for text properties; it's easy to get them confused.



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