Formatting a table

You can format a table using:

  • Standard Format menu commands and shortcuts, including shortcut keys and buttons on the Formatting toolbar.
  • Borders and Shading. Choose Format → Borders and Shading or use the Tables and Borders toolbar. To use the Tables and Borders toolbar to configure a border, select the part of your table to which you want to apply the formatting. Then select a line style, weight (thickness), and color. Then click the Borders button and select the position of the border.
  • Change Text Direction. This button, in the Tables and Borders toolbar, rotates text. Change Text Direction button

    The Text Direction command in the table popup menu gives you more control and a preview of the rotation effect.

  • Cell Alignment. This button, in the Tables and Borders toolbar and in the table popup menu, allows you to control vertical (as well as horizontal) alignment of text in a cell.

    Cell Alignment

    The horizontal alignment set by this command becomes the default horizontal alignment for text in the cell. You can override the default for specific paragraphs using Paragraph command alignment (left, center, right, justify).
  • AutoFormat. Choose Table ? Table AutoFormat. In the Table AutoFormat dialog box, you can choose from a variety of presets, with a preview of each. You can then choose which elements of the format to apply. You can also modify each style and select which style should be the default for future tables.
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