Word 2007: Tips for using built-in table stylesSeptember 17, 2009
I’m still trying to get my head around how to set up custom table styles in Word 2007. I haven’t solved that yet. But while I’ve been testing I found a neat trick you can do with Word 2007’s built-in table styles.
Create a new blank table
- Go to the Insert tab > Tables group.
- Click the Table button and drag your cursor to create a blank 5 x 5 table (5 rows, 5 columns).
The number of tables and columns doesn’t really matter — you just need enough to show the effects of turning on/off various settings.
Check the table style options
- Go to the Design tab and look at the Table Style Options group on the left — some of these options will be selected (1). In a moment, you’ll be turning these options on/off to change what you see in the table styles.
- Now, take a look at the various styles shown in the Table Style gallery (2).
See how the table looks with a style applied
Hover over the available styles in the gallery and see how your table changes its look.
Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the gallery (3) to see even more table styles in the gallery.
Change the table style options
Now, go back to the Table Style Options group and select or turn off various check boxes (4). Open up the thumbnail views in the gallery again and watch how your table columns and rows change according to the Table Style Option settings (5). Neat.
(The inspiration for this post came from: http://www.uwec.edu/Help/Word07/tb-frmt.htm; link last checked July 2009)