In this chapter, we will discuss how to apply table borders and shades in Word. Microsoft Word allows you to place a border on any or all of the four sides of a table very similar to text, paragraphs, and pages. You can also add shades to table rows and columns. This chapter will teach you how to add borders (left, right, top or bottom) around a table and how to add different shades to various rows and columns of the table.
Add Borders to Table
The following steps will help you add borders in a table cell available in Word document.
Step 1 − Select the table to which you want to add border. To select a table, click over the table anywhere which will make the Cross icon visible at the top-left corner of the table. Click this cross icon to select the table.
Step 2 − Click the Border button to display a list of options to put a border around the selected table. You can select any of the option available by simply clicking over it.
Step 3 − Try to add and remove different borders like left, right, top or bottom by selecting different options from the border options.
Step 4 − You can apply border to any of the selected row or column. You can try it yourself.
Step 5 − To delete the existing border, simply select the No Border option from the border options.
Using Border Options
You can add borders of your choice to word table by following the simple steps given below.
Step 1 − Click the Border button to display a list of options to put a border. Select the Border and Shading option available at the bottom of the list of options as shown in the above screenshot. This will display a Border and Shading dialog box. This dialog box can be used to set borders and shading around a selected table.
Step 2 − Click the Border tab; this will display a list of border settings, styles and options whether this border should be applied to the table or text or paragraph.
Step 3 − You can use the Preview section to disable or enable left, right, top or bottom borders of the selected table or row or column. Follow the given instructions in the preview section itself to design the border you like.
Step 4 − You can customize your border by setting its color, width by using different width thickness available under the style section.
Add Shades To Table
The following steps will help you add shades on a selected table or its rows or columns.
Step 1 − Select a row or column where you want to apply a shade of your choice.
Step 2 − Click the Border button to display a list of options to put a border. Select the Border and Shading option available at the bottom of the list of options. This will display a Border and Shading dialog box. This dialog box can be used to set borders and shading around selected row(s) or column(s).
Step 2 − Click the Shading tab which will display options to select fill, colorand style and whether this border should be applied to cell or table or selected portion of text.
Step 3 − You can use the Preview section to have an idea about the expected result. Once you are done, click the OK button to apply the result.