Editing Tables

Editing tables in Word can help organize content in different ways. When using Word tables can be used for text and numerical data.

Adding borders and shading

If you want to give your table your own decorative touch, you can adjust AutoFormats using the check boxes in the AutoFormats dialog box or start with a clean slate.

To start from scratch, create a table and open the Tables and Borders toolbar by choosing ViewactionToolbarsactionTables and Borders.

Tables and borders toolbar.

The line style, line weight, and border color buttons all format table cell borders.

To change line style or line weight Line Style and Line weight details from Tables nad Borders toolbar. :

  • Click the drop-down arrows next to the buttons to view and select from the list of choices.
  • The mouse pointer turns into a pencil Formatting pencil..
  • Trace the line you want to change.
  • Click anywhere outside the table to change to pencil back into an I-beam.

To change border color:

  • Click the drop-down arrow next to the Border Color button. A color menu appears.
  • Select a color. The I-beam becomes a pencil.
  • Using the pencil, trace the borders you want to color. Don't miss any areas, or the color will not be applied.

Border colors.

To apply a border:

  • Select the cells you want bordered.
  • Select the line style, line weight, and border color.
  • Click the Borders button drop-down menu and choose the border you want.

Table Borders.

To apply shading:

  • Select or place the insertion point inside the cell(s) you want shaded.
  • Click the Shading Color button drop-down arrow. A shading color menu appears.
  • Click a color. Your cell(s) are automatically shaded.

Table with shaded cells.