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Adding borders to table cells

From: Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training

Video: Adding borders to table cells

By default, Word tables are created with borders. But you don't have to keep those borders. You can remove them. You can also apply borders to individual cells, rows, columns or the table itself. Let's take a look. So as you can see, the default border appears around each cell in this table. Word offers a number of ways to remove these borders. One way is with the Borders menu. Start by selecting the cells you want to erase the borders from. So in my example, I'll select the first row.

Adding borders to table cells

By default, Word tables are created with borders. But you don't have to keep those borders. You can remove them. You can also apply borders to individual cells, rows, columns or the table itself. Let's take a look. So as you can see, the default border appears around each cell in this table. Word offers a number of ways to remove these borders. One way is with the Borders menu. Start by selecting the cells you want to erase the borders from. So in my example, I'll select the first row.

Now, I'll pull down the Borders menu and you can see which borders are applied to the selected cells. To remove just the bottom border, I can select Bottom to remove its checkbox, and the border is removed. To remove all the borders, I can pull that menu down and choose None. If I wanted to remove all the borders from the table, I could select the entire table by holding down the Option key and double-clicking on any content in the table. That selects the whole table and then I could pull down that menu and choose None.

Now, I've removed all the borders. With all the borders gone, a table is difficult to see. You can turn on the table's gridlines to see the table structure without borders. In the Table Layout Ribbon, just click the Gridlines button and that turns them on. The Gridlines are gray and they don't print. To turn them off so you can better see your borders, just click the button again. Adding borders works pretty much the same way. You'd select the table cells you want to put borders around, and then use the Borders menu in the Tables Ribbon.

So here is the Tables Ribbon and the Borders area is around here. So for example if I want borders around the first row, I could select that first row and then choose Outside from the Borders menu. So here is the first row selected. I'll pull down this menu here and choose Outside. If I also wanted borders around the entire table, I can select the whole table and choose Outside again. So it's selected and I'll choose Outside. If I wanted borders on the left and right side of each column, I can select the entire table and I can choose Vertical.

That puts a line between each column. Now, if you want a specific color, style, or thickness of border, you need to select it first from the appropriate menus. For example, suppose I want a fat red fancy border. So I could choose the style I want here, this would be kind of a fancy border, and maybe I wanted a little bit thicker than that, 4.5 points, and maybe I want it to be red, so I can choose a color from this menu, maybe this color red. With the table selected, I can then choose Outside to apply that border.

So I'll pull down this menu and choose Outside, and it applies it. Sometimes it won't apply the first time so you might have to choose the command again. Now, this might seem simple but I can assure you that you will get it wrong more often than you think, especially in the beginning. I still mess it up once in a while. If you do find that you've put a table border where you don't want one and Undo won't get you out of trouble, do what I do. Just remove all the table borders and start from scratch. I should also mention here that you can also apply borders to cell tables with the Borders and Shading dialog.

First select the table cells, then choose Format > Borders and Shading, and then use the options in this dialog to set the border. It works just like it does for paragraphs. You set your options here and then click in the diagram to change your borders. When you click OK, those borders are applied. You might find it easier to place borders this way, but I think the Ribbon is more straightforward. Either way, you can add or remove borders on cell tables, rows, and columns, just as you see fit.

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Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 5m 6s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Word processing basics
      3m 9s
    3. Using the exercise files
      49s
  2. 21m 53s
    1. Menus, shortcut keys, and toolbars
      3m 43s
    2. The Ribbon
      2m 32s
    3. The Toolbox and the Media Browser
      2m 27s
    4. The Sidebar
      1m 42s
    5. Document views
      5m 24s
    6. Navigating windows and documents
      6m 5s
  3. 13m 40s
    1. Using the Document Gallery
      4m 51s
    2. Creating documents
      1m 51s
    3. Opening, saving, and closing documents
      6m 58s
  4. 14m 20s
    1. Entering text
      5m 33s
    2. Inserting and deleting text
      2m 34s
    3. Using Click and Type to enter text
      3m 26s
    4. Inserting symbols and special characters
      2m 47s
  5. 27m 28s
    1. Selecting and editing text
      6m 34s
    2. Copying and moving text
      7m 1s
    3. Using the Scrapbook
      4m 38s
    4. Undoing, redoing, and repeating actions
      4m 36s
    5. Finding and replacing text
      4m 39s
  6. 24m 50s
    1. Font formatting basics
      9m 0s
    2. Applying font formatting
      7m 12s
    3. Using the Font dialog
      4m 35s
    4. Formatting with the Find and Replace dialog
      4m 3s
  7. 27m 18s
    1. Paragraph formatting basics
      9m 39s
    2. Setting justification and line spacing
      2m 17s
    3. Indenting paragraphs
      4m 37s
    4. Using list formats
      5m 41s
    5. Setting paragraph formatting options
      5m 4s
  8. 14m 33s
    1. Understanding tab tables
      4m 15s
    2. Creating a tab table with the Ruler
      5m 20s
    3. Creating a tab table with the Tabs dialog
      4m 58s
  9. 20m 31s
    1. Understanding styles and themes
      2m 36s
    2. Applying styles
      6m 32s
    3. Reformatting with Quick Style sets and themes
      2m 37s
    4. Modifying styles
      4m 28s
    5. Creating and deleting styles
      4m 18s
  10. 13m 22s
    1. Revealing formatting
      4m 24s
    2. Using the Format Painter
      1m 38s
    3. Creating drop caps
      3m 34s
    4. Using AutoFormat on text
      3m 46s
  11. 27m 29s
    1. Setting margins
      4m 3s
    2. Adding page and section breaks
      4m 54s
    3. Setting multiple columns
      8m 11s
    4. Varying page orientation within a document
      2m 43s
    5. Inserting page numbers
      2m 47s
    6. Adding watermarks and background images
      4m 51s
  12. 13m 39s
    1. Using built-in headers and footers
      5m 34s
    2. Manually creating headers and footers
      4m 0s
    3. Setting multiple headers and footers in a document
      4m 5s
  13. 18m 54s
    1. Creating a cell table
      3m 42s
    2. Entering and formatting table text
      4m 16s
    3. Modifying table structure
      5m 34s
    4. Using table styles
      2m 49s
    5. Converting between tab and cell tables
      2m 33s
  14. 18m 12s
    1. Adding borders to text and paragraphs
      5m 38s
    2. Adding borders to table cells
      3m 47s
    3. Setting page borders
      4m 13s
    4. Applying shading
      4m 34s
  15. 16m 56s
    1. Using the Media Browser to insert media
      3m 24s
    2. Inserting media from a file
      2m 36s
    3. Formatting images
      4m 30s
    4. Wrapping text around an image
      2m 27s
    5. Inserting and formatting a text box
      3m 59s
  16. 13m 17s
    1. Using AutoCorrect and AutoFormat As You Type
      9m 26s
    2. Using AutoText and AutoComplete
      3m 51s
  17. 17m 28s
    1. Building an outline
      4m 26s
    2. Rearranging outline components
      3m 39s
    3. Viewing outlines
      4m 9s
    4. Numbering outline headings
      5m 14s
  18. 26m 49s
    1. Checking spelling and grammar
      8m 19s
    2. Using reference tools
      4m 30s
    3. Inserting footnotes and endnotes
      6m 27s
    4. Using the Word Count feature
      2m 49s
    5. Compiling a table of contents
      4m 44s
  19. 17m 44s
    1. Adding comments
      2m 46s
    2. Tracking changes
      7m 45s
    3. Merging and comparing documents
      4m 28s
    4. Sharing documents with others
      2m 45s
  20. 18m 54s
    1. Using letter templates
      8m 5s
    2. Creating envelopes
      6m 23s
    3. Creating labels
      4m 26s
  21. 12m 36s
    1. Setting Document Security options
      9m 0s
    2. Using Privacy options
      3m 36s
  22. 14m 31s
    1. Setting Page Setup Options
      4m 12s
    2. Previewing a document
      2m 13s
    3. Printing to a printer
      4m 11s
    4. Printing to PDF
      3m 55s
  23. 11m 9s
    1. Using Word's Macro Recorder
      9m 18s
    2. Understanding macro security
      1m 51s
  24. 12m 28s
    1. Customizing toolbars and menus
      6m 0s
    2. Customizing Word's shortcut keys
      3m 38s
    3. Customizing the Ribbon
      2m 50s
  25. 42s
    1. Goodbye
      42s

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