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Modifying table styles

From: Word 2007: Styles in Depth

Video: Modifying table styles

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.

Modifying table styles

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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Word 2007: Styles in Depth

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Mariann Siegert
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  1. 2m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 35s
    2. Using the exercise files
      52s
  2. 22m 26s
    1. Why use styles?
      4m 25s
    2. Creating your first style
      4m 3s
    3. Displaying styles in use with the Style area
      3m 59s
    4. Viewing formatting applied to a style
      4m 24s
    5. Overview of the five types of styles
      5m 35s
  3. 28m 27s
    1. Using the Styles pane to apply styles
      5m 9s
    2. Applying styles using the Apply Styles box and alias names
      3m 54s
    3. Using the classic 2003 Style box
      4m 58s
    4. Replacing one style with another using Find and Replace
      3m 22s
    5. Using table styles to add professional design
      2m 58s
    6. Formatting numbered and bulleted lists using styles
      8m 6s
  4. 34m 3s
    1. Naming conventions and aliases for styles
      2m 53s
    2. Creating a paragraph style by example
      7m 21s
    3. Creating character styles
      6m 12s
    4. Creating a new style by definition
      5m 56s
    5. Basing one style upon another
      6m 13s
    6. Making custom table styles
      5m 28s
  5. 18m 33s
    1. Updating a style to match selected text
      3m 49s
    2. Modify styles using the Style Inspector
      7m 0s
    3. Automatically modifying styles
      3m 41s
    4. Modifying table styles
      4m 3s
  6. 12m 56s
    1. Applying styles with a click
      4m 29s
    2. Saving a selection as a new Quick Style
      2m 55s
    3. Adding and removing styles in the Quick Styles Gallery
      5m 32s
  7. 16m 50s
    1. Formatting an entire document with one click
      3m 17s
    2. What makes Quick Style sets work?
      6m 25s
    3. Saving custom styles in a new Quick Style set
      7m 8s
  8. 15m 15s
    1. Applying styles to build a table of contents
      7m 8s
    2. Generating a table of contents from applied styles
      5m 0s
    3. Modifying built-in table of content styles
      3m 7s
  9. 7m 26s
    1. Defining and using a new list style
      7m 26s
  10. 15m 10s
    1. Copying styles between documents and templates
      6m 56s
    2. Deleting unneeded styles and Quick Style sets
      4m 39s
    3. Renaming styles
      3m 35s
  11. 13m 46s
    1. Navigating using styles
      5m 4s
    2. Using and assigning style keyboard shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Printing a list of styles and keyboard assignments
      2m 53s
  12. 17m 26s
    1. Setting font, document, and template defaults in Word 2007
      6m 26s
    2. Setting sort order and styles to show
      6m 22s
    3. Editing, hiding, recommending, and restricting styles
      4m 38s
  13. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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