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Word comes with one hundred and forty-three built-in Table styles. These styles allow you to add professionalism and design to your documents with just a click. Paragraph and fonts 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. Click anywhere inside of the table to make the table active. Once you do, you will see, underneath the Table tools, Design and Layout. Click on the Design tab.
If you hover your mouse over any of the styles, you will see a live preview taking place on the table below. You can expand the Style gallery by clicking on the More button. Once you do, the only problem here is you will be able to see all of your Table styles but you won't be able to see the live preview of your table underneath of it; it covers it up. Notice how they have made these color coordinated. Most of the greens are in one column, the purples, the blues, the oranges, and so forth.
I will press the Escape key to exit the Style gallery. Let's say in our catalog here we want to match the greens of our trees here in our table. So click anywhere in the table and then hover your mouse over the styles in the Style gallery and you will see your live preview. I'll pick one of the greens here. I will use Medium Shading 1 Accent 3. Click to Apply.
Let's say you change your mind. Instead of green--because that's just a little too much green--let's say that we want to use orange to match his shirt. Find the style that you like and simply click. Applying any of Word's hundred and forty-three built-in table styles is a snap. The live preview allows you to test how your table will look prior to applying. If you change your mind, no problem; simply select another style from the style menu. In upcoming movies, we will learn how to create our own table styles and modify and customize the layout and design of pre-existing table styles.
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