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How to change table color in Word 2013

How to change table color in Word 2013

Microsoft Word has a huge number of options for controlling the appearance of objects in your document.

This also applies to tables you create.

Our tutorial below will show you several ways you can customize table border and cell background colors in Microsoft Word tables.

How to change table border color in Word 2013

  1. Open a document.
  2. Click inside the table.
  3. Select Layout under Table Tools.
  4. Select Properties.
  5. Click the Borders and Shading button.
  6. Choose all.
  7. Click the Color drop-down menu, then choose a color.
  8. Click OK.

Our article continues below with more information on changing the color of a table in Word, including images of the steps.

Formatting a document in Microsoft Word often consists of adjusting margins, adding page numbers, or simply trying to adhere to your organization’s formatting rules. such as MLA.

But as you start adding other objects and media to the document, you have a little more freedom to customize. If you have a table in Microsoft Word, you can even change the color of its borders or background.

Tables are a great way to display groups of information in a Word document.

The grid layout offers a structural option that is difficult to implement with the paragraph layout commonly associated with Word documents.

While spreadsheet work is often done in spreadsheet applications such as Microsoft ExcelWord has several useful tools for presenting tabular data in an attractive way.

But a table in Microsoft Word can look a bit dull with the default settings, so you can change the color of a Word table. This can be achieved by adjusting the border colors and then applying that change to the entire table.

How to Change Table Color in Microsoft Word 2013 (Illustrated Guide)

The steps in this article will show you how to change the color of a table in Word 2013.

This will affect the color of the lines in your rows and columns. If you want to change the color of the text in your table, you can follow the steps in this article, but select only the table, not the entire document.

Step 1: Open the document containing the table you want to change the color for.

Step 2: Click inside one of the table cells to display the “Table Tools” menu at the top of the window.

Step 3: Click the Layout tab in the Table Tools section at the top of the window.

click layout tab

Step 4: Click the “Properties” button in the “Table” section on the left side of the navigation ribbon.

click properties button

Step 5: Click the “Borders and Shading” button.

This will open the Borders and Shading dialog box, allowing you to make a number of different changes to your borders.

click the border and shading button

Step 6: Click “All” on the left side of the window.

click all

Step 7: Click the dropdown menu below color, then select the color you want to use for the table.

choose the color of the table

Step 8: Make any additional changes to the table border style or line width, make sure “Table” is selected in the “Apply to” option on the right side of the window, then click the “OK” button.

click OK

Step 9: Click the OK button at the bottom of the Table Properties window, then the color you chose will be applied to the table.

If instead you are trying to change the table background color, the next section will show you how.

How to change table background color in Word 2013

The steps in this section are very similar to the ones we used to change the color of the border or grid line in our table.

  1. Open a document.
  2. Click in a table cell.
  3. Select Layout under Table Tools.
  4. Click the Properties button.
  5. Click the Borders and Shading button.
  6. Select the Shading tab.
  7. Click the Fill drop-down list, then choose the color you want.
  8. Click OK.

More information on how to change the color of a table in Word

You can also change the table color and background color in newer versions of Word, but the process is slightly different.

For example, in Word for Office 365, after clicking inside a table, you’ll select the Table Design tab, then click the Borders button and select the Borders and Shading option. You will then see the window we described above where you can adjust the color.

All of the instructions above assume that you want to apply the same border or background color to the entire table.

If you only want to apply it to one cell, you can click the “Apply to” dropdown at the bottom right corner of the “Borders and Shading” window and then select the “Cell” option.

If you want to change the look of your table in Word but want to customize something other than the border color or background color, check out the other options on the Design tab and Layout tab under Table Tools.

There you’ll find plenty of other options to customize your table, including some existing theme styles and colors that can make it a lot easier to create an attractive table without a lot of manual formatting.

Want to personalize your table even more? Learn how to add spacing between table cells to give your table a unique look.

FAQs of How to Change Table Color in Word

Can I change the color of a table in Google Docs too?

Yes, the Google Docs word processing app has a similar option.

To change the cell background color or border color in Docs, you will need to select the table, then click the Background Color or Border Color button and choose a new option.

You can read this guide for more information.

Is there a way to change the border style of my table in Word?

Yes, the Borders tab of Microsoft Word has several border styles that you can choose from.

Once you’ve opened the Borders and Shading dialog box in the steps above, you can click on the Styles drop-down list and select border styles from the available selection.

There are quite a few options here, so you can probably create the specific borders you’re looking for with a combination of the styles, color, and width options in this menu.

How to add or change the fill color of a table cell in Word?

If you are trying to add or remove table shading in a Microsoft Word document, you can do so from the Shading tab of the Table Borders and Shading dialog box.

1. Select the table cells to edit.
2. Click Layout under Table Tools.
3. Select the “Properties” option on the ribbon.
4. Click the Borders and Shading button.
5. Select the Shading tab at the top of the window.
6. Click the Fill drop-down arrow, then select the desired color.
7. Click OK to apply the changes when you’re done.

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