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Borders and Shading

Adding borders and shading to a table will improve its appearance and make it easier to read. They can be used to help identify areas of a table such as headings and totals.

Apply Borders to a Table

Borders are applied automatically to a table when it is inserted. However they can be changed or removed.

  1. Select the cells of the table that you want to change
  2. Click the Design tab under Table Tools on the Ribbon
  3. Click the Borders list arrow
  4. Applying borders in Excel

  5. Select the border option you want to apply
  6. Select No Border to remove the border.

    Select Borders and Shading to open the Borders and Shading dialogue box and apply further formatting.

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 the Layout tab under Table Tools on the Ribbon
  3. Click the View Gridlines button
  4. 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 the Design tab under Table Tools on the Ribbon
  3. Click the Shading list arrow
  4. Apply shading to cells of a table in Word 2007

  5. Select a fill colour from the list or select More Colours for a greater selection and the option to create a custom colour by inputting the RGB values
  6. Pattern shading is applied by clicking the Borders list arrow, selecting Borders and Shading and using the options under the Shading tab

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