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

To apply a table style:

  1. Click anywhere on the table, then click the Design tab on the right side of the Ribbon.

    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the Design tab
  2. Locate the Table Styles group, then click the More drop-down arrow to see all available table styles.

    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the More drop-down arrow
  3. Select the desired style.

    Screenshot of Word 2013Choosing a new table style
  4. The selected table style will appear.

    Screenshot of Word 2013The new table style

To modify table style options:

Once you've chosen a table style, you can turn various options on or off to change the appearance of the table. There are six options: Header Row, Total Row, Banded Rows, First Column, Last Column, and Banded Columns.

  1. Click anywhere on the table.
  2. Click the Design tab on the right side of the Ribbon, then check or uncheck the desired options in the Table Style Options group.

    Screenshot of Word 2013Checking the Total Row option
  3. The table style will be modified.

    Screenshot of Word 2013The table with a total row

Depending on which Table Style you're using, certain Table Style Options may have a somewhat different effect. You may need to experiment to get the exact look you want.

To add borders to a table:

  1. Select the cells you want to add a border to.

    Screenshot of Word 2013Highlighted cells
  2. From the Design tab, select the desired Line Style, Line Weight, and Pen Color.

    Screenshot of Word 2013Line Style, Line Weight, and Pen Color commands
  3. Click the Borders drop-down arrow.
  4. Select the desired border type from the menu that appears.

    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting a border type
  5. The border will appear around the selected cells.

    Screenshot of Word 2013The finished border