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Add your own table style to Word's AutoFormat Gallery

Microsoft Word's AutoFormat Gallery is a great resource, but it may not contain exactly the style you want for your document. Check out how to create modified table styles that suit your needs, and then see how to add these styles to the AutoFormat Gallery.

Do you find that the available table styles in Microsoft Word's AutoFormat feature are never exactly what you need? There may be one style that you use often, yet even with that style, you find yourself modifying it each time you use it.

For example, suppose every time you choose the Table Contemporary style, you need to change the header row color to light green, the text alignment to center, and the font color in the last row to red. Word let's you add the modified style to the AutoFormat Gallery so you only need to reformat the style once.

Follow these steps to add your modified table style to the AutoFormat Gallery:

  1. Put your cursor in the table that will include the modified style.
  2. Go to Table | Table AutoFormat.
  3. Press the New button.
  4. In the Name text box, enter a name for the style (e.g., ABC Company Table Contemporary).
  5. Click the Style Based On drop-down box and select Table Contemporary.
  6. Click the Apply Formatting To drop-down box and select Header Row.
  7. Click the Fill button and choose light green.
  8. Click the Align button and select Center.
  9. Click the Apply Formatting To drop-down box and select Last Row.
  10. Click the Font Color button and select red.
  11. Select the Add To Template check box and then click OK.
  12. Press Apply.

The new style is applied to the table and added to the AutoFormat Gallery. You can now apply your modified style when working with any Word document based on the original document's template.

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