Let’s say that you’re writing a 20-page Microsoft Word
document and you want all 10 tables in your document to look the same. Once you
find a style that you like, you’ll use the Table AutoFormat feature to apply it
to your first table. With Word 2000, you would have to do the same for all 10
tables; however, with Word XP or Word 2003, you could save yourself a few mouse
clicks by setting the style as the default for all new tables in your document.To do so, follow these

  1. Go to
    Table | Table AutoFormat.
  2. Select
    the table style and special formats you want to use.
  3. Click
    the Default button.
  4. Click

Word will automatically apply the style to every new table
you create in your document.

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