Table styles

Table styles allow you to 'memorize' the formatting of a table, just as paragraph, character, and list styles allow you to 'memorize' formatting of those elements.

The easiest way to create a table style is to modify an existing style.

To modify a table style:

  1. Turn on the Styles and Formatting task pane.
  2. In the Show box, select All Styles, so that all table styles are visible.
  3. Click the drop-down arrow next to a table style.
  4. Choose Modify.

    The Modify Style dialog box appears.

    Modify Style dialog box - table style

  5. Enter a Name for your style.
  6. Select what element of the table you wish to change by selecting from the Apply formatting to drop-down list.
  7. Make changes using the format command shortcuts in the toolbar, or click the Format button and choose commands from the menu.
  8. To add the table style to the template on which the document is based, click Add to template.
    When you later modify the style, changes are not automatically added to the template unless you select Add to template.
  9. Click OK.

You can also create a table style "from scratch:"

  1. Turn on the Styles and Formatting task pane.
  2. Click New Style.
  3. Enter a Name for your style.
  4. Select Table from the Style type drop-down list.
  5. In the Style based on drop-down list, select a style that is as close as possible to the desired result.
  6. Select what element of the table you wish to change by selecting from the Apply formatting to drop-down list.
  7. Make changes using the format command shortcuts in the toolbar, or click the Format button and choose commands from the menu.
  8. To add the table style to the template on which the document is based, click Add to template.
    When you later modify the style, changes are not automatically added to the template unless you select Add to template.
  9. Click OK.
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