How to Put Color in a Table in Microsoft Word

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The Microsoft Word software provides a large slate of tools to enhance the word processing its program allows. Along with text, document creators may place pictures, photographs, spreadsheets, placeholders for audio-video clips into their documents. Another way to enhance a Word document is by adding a table. After using Word's quick table-insertion tool, perk up the table's cells by adding color.

  • Open Word. Scroll to the section of the document with the table to add color.

  • Add overall color to the entire table in a single-click by clicking anywhere on the table. The new yellow "Table Tools" tab opens at the top of the work area. Scroll through the "Table Styles" section of the ribbon. Click a color style to apply it to the table.

  • Add color to a single cell by right-clicking that cell and selecting "Borders and Shading." Click the "Shading" tab. Pull down the "Fill" menu and click a small colored square. Pull down the "Apply To" menu and select "Cell."

  • Repeat the process but apply color to the entire table at once by selecting "Table" from the "Apply To" menu.

  • Highlight an entire row or column of cells. Click the "Shading" button on the "Table Tools" ribbon and select a colored square to serve as the color for that row or column.

Tips & Warnings

  • To add a table to a Word document, click the "Insert" tab, click the "Table" button, and drag the cursor to form the desired rows and columns in the table.
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