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Table AutoFormat

You can quickly format your tables in Word 2003 by using the built-in autoformats. You can create your own table autoformat style and specify your own formatting. This can then be applied to future tables quickly saving time and creating consistency across your documents.

Apply a Table AutoFormat Style

  1. Select the table
  2. Click Table > AutoFormat
  3. Table AutoFormat dialogue box

  4. Select a table styles option from the Category list
  5. Select the style you want to apply from the Table Styles list
  6. The Preview area shows how the table will look with the formatting applied.

  7. Use the Apply special formats to section to tell Word where the headers and totals are in your table so that they can be formatted appropriately.
  8. Click Ok

Create a New Table AutoFormat Style

You can create a new table autoformat style and specify your own formatting. This option is useful if you need to adhere to corporate guides on formatting such as fonts and colours.

  1. Click Table > AutoFormat
  2. Click New
  3. The Create New Style from Formatting dialogue box appears

    Create a new table style

  4. Enter a Name:
  5. for the style
  6. Select the section of the table that you want to format from the Apply formatting to: drop down list
  7. Select the required formatting options. Click the Format button for further options such as Table Properties and Paragraph formatting
  8. Choose the Only in this documentoption to restrict the table style to the current document only, or use this document as a template for others by choosing the New document based on this template option
  9. Click Ok

Table AutoFormat styles casn be modified by clicking the Modify button in the Table AutoFormat dialogue box

Remove a Table AutoFormat Style

If a style is no longer required it can be removed.

  1. Click Table > AutoFormat
  2. Select a table styles option from the Category list
  3. Select the style you want to remove from the Table Styles list
  4. Click Delete

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