Working with Tables

Use Publisher 2010 tables to organize information in an easily readable way for your audience. Learn how in this free lesson.

Formatting tables

The quickest way to format your table is to apply a table style, which modifies your table's borders, fill, alignment, and margins in a visually appealing way. You can further customize your table's appearance by making your own changes to aspects like border appearance and cell fill color.

To apply a table style:

  1. Click anywhere on the table, then select the Table Tools Design tab and locate the Table Formats group.
  2. Click the More Table Styles drop-down arrow to see all available table styles.
    The More Table Styles drop-down arrowThe More Table Styles drop-down arrow
  3. Hover the mouse over the various styles to see a live preview.
    Table stylesTable styles
  4. Select the desired style. The table style will appear in the document.
    The table, with the style appliedThe table, with the style applied

To add borders to a table:

  1. Select the cells you wish to add a border to. If you wish to add a border to the entire table, click the gray box surrounding the outer edge of the table.
  2. Click the Table Tools Design tab, then locate the Borders group.
  3. Click the Borders drop-down command.
    The Borders drop-down commandThe Borders drop-down command
  4. From the drop-down menu, select the desired border.
    Borders optionsBorders options
  5. The border will be applied.
    The applied borderThe applied border

To change the appearance of borders:

  1. Select the cells whose borders you wish to modify, then click the Table Tools Design tab and locate the Borders group.
  2. Click the Line Weight drop-down arrow.
    The Line Weight drop-down arrowThe Line Weight drop-down arrow
  3. Select a new line weight from the drop-down list.
    Line weight optionsLine weight options
  4. Click the Line Color drop-down command.
    The Line Color drop-down commandThe Line Color drop-down command
  5. Select a new line color.
    Line color optionsLine color options
  6. Double-click the Borders command.
    The Borders commandThe Borders command
  7. Changes to the border will be applied.
    The modified borderThe modified border

To add a cell fill color:

  1. Select the cell or cells you wish to add a fill color to, then click the Table Tools Design tab and locate the Table Formats group.
  2. Click the Fill drop-down command.
    The Fill drop-down commandThe Fill drop-down command
  3. Select the desired cell fill color.
    Fill color optionsFill color options
  4. The fill color will be applied.
    The cell, now with a fill colorThe cell, now with a fill color