Edit Tables

When working in Word XP editing tables is an important skill you'll need to learn. Read the steps you'll need to take to understand it here.

Adding borders

Many of the tables in the AutoFormat dialog box use unique borders and shading options. To add these special features to your own table, you can use the Tables and Borders toolbar.

To change line style or line weight on an existing table:

  • 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 Pencil Icon.
  • Trace the line(s) you want to change.
  • Click anywhere outside the table to change to pencil back into an I-beam.

To change the border color on an existing table:

  • 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 border(s) that you want to color.

Border Colors

To apply a border:

  • Select the line style, line weight, and border color you want.
  • Select the cells you want bordered.
  • Click the Outside Border button drop-down menu, and choose the location of your border.

Table Border Options