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Word comes with 143 built-in Table styles. Yes, 143. These styles allow you to add professionalism and design to your documents with just a click. Paragraph and Font formats, along with color schemes and things like alternating colors of rows and columns - which is called banding, are included in the built-in styles. Now, if you scroll down, you will see a table here. It doesn't have any formatting on it yet. It's kind of blah and bland, and click anywhere inside of this table, and it's going to make this table active, and then we are going to go up here to the top, and you'll see Table tools at the top. And underneath of it, you'll see Design; click on Design.
Here is part of our gallery right here. Keep in mind you do have 143 of these available. When you hold your mouse over each one of these, you'll see a Live Preview - that's pretty neat - of your table. The Live Previews are new to 2007. I really like this ability to be able to see what it looks like before I apply it. Now what about the rest of these styles? Well, this is a gallery, so you'll see, if you click on the More button - it's a little line with arrow pointing down here - if you click on the More button, it's going to show you your gallery of designs here.
You can still hold your mouse over these, and you'll see something moving in the background, but you can't see your Live Preview. Now, I was kind of disappointed until I finally figured out there is a scroll button in the middle of this. So let me show you where that is. Click outside of the gallery to be able to close out of that. Now, click back in your table, make sure it's active, and you've got an up arrow, you've got a down arrow, and then you have the More button. So if you click on this down arrow next to it, you can scroll one-by-one through this gallery, and you can use your Live Preview anywhere you want, and you'll be able to see it actually changing.
I don't know why I call that one of my drive byes. I just couldn't see this going on here. So let's say that we want to make this color coordinated to match the green of our trees here. So click in your table, make sure it is still active, and we are going to go to the More button, and let's say that we want something medium shaded here. How about Medium Shading 2 - Accent 3? Go ahead and click on it, and there it is. Now, if you change your mind, you can just go back up, let's say orange, click on orange, and you've got an orange theme.
Applying any of Word's 143 built-in Table styles is a snap. The Live Preview allows you to test how your style will look prior to applying. Changed your mind? No problem; simply select another color from the Style menu. In upcoming movies, we'll learn how to create our own Table styles, and modify, and customize the layout and design of preexisting Table styles.
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