How do I create and format tables in Word 2007

Line styles

From the Design ribbon you can set format characteristics like header row, first column, shading, borders, and color. You can use one of the pre-defined styles listed on the ribbon or you can create something on your own. These format settings can be applied to a specific cell, row, column, or to the entire table.

The Design ribbon under Table Tools includes an area of icons where you can set the type of line you would like to use, the point size of that line, and the color of that line.


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