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Tables I: Get acquainted with tables

Click Play to see an animated example of changing a table's formatting.

Now that you've entered some information into your table, what would make the table easier to read? Right now, the format is pretty simple — white with black lines outlining the table and all of its cells. But that's easy to change with the table-specific tabs on the Ribbon.

The Office Ribbon adds two more tabs when your cursor is in a table — or when you've got all or parts of a table selected. The Layout tab enables you to change a table's structure, like adding and deleting rows or columns. We'll talk more about this tab a little later.

The Design tab has lots of predefined table styles that will allow you to easily change the look of an entire table. First select the table that you want to format. Then, click the Design tab and check out all the table styles. You can use the arrow keys see your options one row at a time, or use the More button to show all of the table styles. Then, click the style that you want to use.

To see an example of using a table style to format a table, click the Play button above the picture. Don't worry about remembering all of these steps now. You'll get the chance to do it in the practice.

Note     The color schemes that you see in the table styles are based on your document's current theme. The Quick Reference Card at the end of this course gives you additional information about applying colors and themes to your documents.

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