Ruling and shading

When you insert a table, its regular ruling and shading are determined by the table format. You can use the Table Designer to change a format’s ruling or shading properties for particular tables that use the format.

Custom ruling and shading aren’t limited to entire rows or columns and aren’t part of the table format. If you customize the ruling or shading of a table and later apply a different format to the table, the custom ruling or shading is not overwritten by the new format.

Set up regular ruling and shading

1)Click in the table you want to change and choose Table > Format > Table Designer.

2)Do one or more of the following:

In the Ruling properties of the Table Designer, specify the ruling for columns, body rows, heading and footing rows, and outside edges.

In the Shading properties of the Table Designer, specify the shading for heading and footing rows and for body rows or columns.

3)Click Apply To Selection.

Manage ruling styles

You can create additional ruling styles (such as Double, Thick, or Thin line styles), and edit or delete existing ones. If you edit a ruling style, the change applies to both the regular and custom ruling that use that style.

tip:   When editing ruling styles, zooming in to a high percentage lets you see slight differences in line thickness.

Create or change a ruling style

1)Choose Table > Format > Custom Ruling & Shading.

2)Select a style in the scroll list that you want to edit or, if you’re creating a style, select one like the style you want to create.

3)Click Edit Ruling Style.

4)Enter the width, and choose a color and pen pattern for the style.

5)Click Single or Double to specify single or double lines. If you click Double, specify a value for the gap separating the lines.

6)If you’re creating a style, type a name in the Name box, and click Set.

Delete a ruling style

1)Choose Table > Format > Custom Ruling & Shading.

2)Select the style you want to delete.

3)Click Edit Ruling Style and click Delete. If the style was used for a table’s regular ruling, the occurrences of the style use no ruling. If the style was used for custom ruling, the table’s regular ruling is restored.

Manage custom ruling and shading

A table’s custom shading is not stored as part of the format. Wherever the regular and custom settings are in conflict, the custom settings prevail.

1)Select the cells, rows, or columns that you want to customize.

2)Choose Table > Format > Custom Ruling & Shading.

3)Do one of the following:

Specify a fill percentage and color for the shading.

Select a custom ruling style. The scroll list shows the document’s predefined ruling styles.

Choose From Table to remove custom shading.

4)To prevent inadvertent changes, turn off Custom Cell Ruling or Custom Cell Shading and click Apply.

Display a cell’s ruling and shading settings

1)Select the cells, rows, or columns that have the ruling and shading properties you want to see.

2)Choose Table > Custom Ruling & Shading, and click Show Current Settings.

In the dialog box, Mixed means that the selected cells use more than one custom ruling style, fill, or color. From Table means that the selected cells use the regular ruling or shading set in the Table Designer.

September 30, 2016

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