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Word allows you to make changes to, and modify things, such as color, borders, font and banding, which is an alternate shading applied to rows or columns, to any of Word's 143 built-in Table styles. You also may need to modify and adjust the style you've created yourself. Let's say you decide on the Cycle California page that the table would look better instead of this orange in a shade of green. We are going to go to the design gallery, so click anywhere in the table.
You may notice that when you are outside of the table, this Design and Layout is not available. Click outside of the table, and see, it disappears, so you have to be inside of this table in order to see those options. So click in the table. We are going to go to the Design menu, and we are going to click on the More button at the bottom of this gallery. You may remember it's the one with that little line and arrow pointing down. We want to pick out a shade of green, so you could find one that you like here by just holding your mouse over it.
We've got a bunch of different options available here. We are going to find the style that says Medium Shading 2 - Accent 3 and click on it. There it is, and that looks pretty good. But let's go ahead, and we'll make a few adjustments to this and modifications. We are going to apply italics up here to the top, and we are also going to make it a darker shade of green. Now, to make these changes, we are going to go up here to the More button. Again, it's the little line with arrow pointing down. And click.
We are going to choose Modify Table style, down here at the bottom. We are going to give it a name of Cycle Cali. We'll give it an alias of CC. You don't always have to give things aliases, but it's good to get into that habit. Then after we give it the alias, we'll say that we want, again, the header to be italics. So we are going to come down to this area here that says Apply formatting to: and change this to just the Header row.
We are going to click on this I for italic, and there it is. It shows in our little preview down here. We also want the header to be a darker shade of green. So Header row is already selected. Here is our color box. So click on the down arrow next to it, and let's say we want the very darkest color, this Olive Green. We are going to choose Only in this document at the bottom here, and we are going to click on OK. Our Cycle Cali, CC is now in the table gallery. So if you click on the More button, you'll see it up here at the top.
So let's say, oops! We forgot to add something to our new style. To modify your new style, just right-click on it from the gallery and choose Modify Table style. This is kind of strange. Notice that Word didn't actually create a new Table style; it seem like that's what we were doing at first. What it did was created an alias only and kept its original name. This means that you actually modified the built-in style.
Every Table style in Word, all 143 of them, begin by using a built-in style called the Table Normal. You'll see it right here. All other modifications are applied on top of the Table Normal style. This means that all Table styles, whether they are built-in or those that you create yourself, are based up on the Table Normal. If you've been following along, you may remember we covered the subject of based upon in an earlier movie. You just need to follow the same steps to modify Table styles that you've created yourself.
It's easy to modify pre-built styles, or change attributes of Table styles you've created yourself. Just a few clicks, and voila! You are done.
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