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Using Borders and Gridlines

After a table is inserted it has printable borders around each cell to define the structure of the table. These borders can be modified or removed as required.

Add Borders to a Table

  1. Select the cells of the table that you want to change
  2. Click the Borders button on the Formatting toolbar to apply the border displayed on the button
  3. Or

    Click the Borders button list arrow and select the required border style

    Applying a border to a table

    Select the No Border option to remove the border.

Format the Table Border

The table borders line style, line width and border colour can be formatted to look the way you like.

  1. Select the cells of the table that you want to change
  2. Click Format > Borders and Shading
  3. Table border formatting options

  4. Specify the formatting options you want to use
  5. Click Ok

View and Hide Gridlines

When the table borders are removed, the gridlines can be seen. The gridlines are used to identify the table cells when the borders are removed. They are only seen on screen and not are shown when the document is printed.

When using a table to layout contents on the page the gridlines are usually hidden to improve appearance. When you need to work on a table you can view the gridlines again.

To view and hide the gridlines of a table:

  1. Select the table
  2. Click Table > Gridlines
  3. View and hide gridlines

Apply Shading the Table Cells

Shading such as fill colours and patterns can be applied to table cells to help identify header and total rows and columns.

  1. Select the cells you want to shade
  2. Click Format > Borders and Shading
  3. Select the Shading tab
  4. Apply shading to a table

  5. Select a fill colour from the palette or click the More Colors button for a greater selection and the chance to create a custom colour by inputting the RGB values
  6. To apply a pattern click the Style: drop down arrow and select the pattern style. The click the Colors: drop down arrow and select the colours you want to use

  7. Click Ok

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