Add a border to a table

When you add a border to a picture, or put one around some text, or even add a border to an individual page, you can make those elements in your document stand out. Same goes with the tables in your documents.

The quickest way is to add borders from the Border Styles gallery.

  1. Click in the table, and then click the Table Move Handle to select the table.

A table showing the table move handle.

The Table Tools Design tab appears

Locate Table Tools

  1. Click Border Styles and choose a border style.

Table border styles

  1. Click Borders and choose where you want to add the borders.

Table border location

 Tip    To change or add borders for part of your table, check that Border Painter is selected and then click each border in the table. Word adds a border in the style you’ve already chosen, and you don’t need to select the table first.

Border Painter command

Add a custom border

Choose the color, width, line style, and where you want to apply the borders.

  1. Click in the table, and then click the Table Move Handle to select the table.

A table showing the table move handle.

The Table Tools Design tab appears.

Locate Table Tools

  1. Design your border.

Click Line Style (the top box) and choose a style.

CHoose the line style for your border

Click Line Weight and choose the border width you want.

Table border size

Click Pen Color and choose a color.

Table border color

  1. Click Borders and choose the borders you want.

Table border location

 Tip    To change or add borders for part of your table, check that Border Painter is selected and then click each border in the table. Word adds a border in the style, width, and color you’ve already chosen, and you don’t need to select the table first.

Border Painter command

Use a table style

Another quick way to make your table stand out? Apply a table style. Table styles add coordinating borders, shading and text formatting.

  1. Click inside a table, and then click the Table Tools Design tab.

Locate Table Tools

  1. In the Table Styles gallery, click a table style. To see more gallery styles, click the More button.

Table styles gallery and More button

 
 
Applies to:
Word 2013