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:

Table styles let you change the look and feel of your table instantly. They control several design elements, including color, borders, and fonts.

  1. Click anywhere in your table to select it, then click the Design tab on the far right of the Ribbon.
    navigating to the design tab
  2. Locate the Table Styles group, then click the More drop-down arrow to see the full list of styles.
    viewing more options
  3. Select the table style you want.
    choosing a table style
  4. The table style will appear.
    table with table style

To modify table style options:

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

  1. Click anywhere in your table, then navigate to the Design tab.
  2. Locate the Table Style Options group, then check or uncheck the desired options.
    table style options
  3. The table style will be modified.
    table style option - banded columns

Depending on the Table Style you've chosen, certain Table Style Options may have a different effect. You might need to experiment to get the look you want.

To apply borders to a table:

  1. Select the cells you want to apply a border to.
    selecting cells
  2. Use the commands on the Design tab to choose the desired Line Style, Line Weight, and Pen Color.
    border options
  3. Click the drop-down arrow below the Borders command.
  4. Choose a border type from the menu.
    choosing a border type
  5. The border will be applied to the selected cells.
    cells with outside border