Adding shaded bands to your Word table is a nice effect. It is very pleasing to the eye and can really make certain data stand out. The best part is that it is very easy to do and you can do it by applying AutoFormat or by creating a custom table style.
There are a number of AutoFormats that ship with Word so you will be certain to find a look that suits you. All of the AutoFormats have one row or one column bands. You can create a band that is larger than one row by creating a custom table style though.
First, let’s cover applying an AutoFormat to your table. Follow the steps below:
- Select your table to display the contextual Design tab.
- Click the Design tab and select a banded style from the Table Styles group, or click the drop-down to see the entire gallery.
As you move your cursor over the different options available to you, you can see the table update accordingly.
- If you cannot find an existing AutoFormat to suit your needs, you can create a custom table style.
Follow the steps below to learn how:
- Click the contextual Design tab.
- Click the Table Styles drop-down and select New Table Style.
- Give your new style a name that will be intuitive for you.
- From the Style Based On dropdown, select Light Shading – Accent 1 or any other style you like.
- In version 2003, select a style from the Tables Styles list and click Modify.
- Click the Format drop-down.
- From the displayed options, select Banding.
- In the resulting dialog, select 3 from the Number Of Rows In A Row Band drop-down.
- Click OK two times.
When shading columns, you can use this same method to increase the number of columns in a band. You can also create more complex table styles by selecting other Format options.