For our example, we’ll just put a check next to the Header Row, First Column, and Total Row options. We could have also chosen either or both of the Banded options, but we’ll stick to the basics for now. If we change our minds later, we can always go back and apply them at any point during the formatting and design process.
You may have noticed that nothing happened to the table itself when these options were checked. Before we’ll be able to see the effects of our choices, we’ll have to select a look for our table from the Table Styles segment of the ribbon.
Click on the More arrow (the arrow with a bar over the top) to open up a larger window that will contain all of the choices available for the Table Styles feature. As you can see in the screenshot below, there are a lot of styles to choose from!
Scroll through the list until you find a style you like. Not all of these choices will take into account the options you chose from the Table Style Options list, so if you want to be sure that certain columns are emphasized, your choices may be more limited. However, you can always choose any style and then modify it after it has been applied.
To help with your selection, hover the mouse over any style, and a preview of your table with that style applied will be seen in your Word document. For this example, we’ll select the style named Dark List – Accent 2.
If you want to make further adjustments to the table, you can use the options in the Shading and Border dropdown lists to modify the entire table or any selected group of table cells. However, if you want to modify any of the font properties of the text within a cell, you’ll have to do that on the Home tab in the same manner that you would use to modify any other type of text in a Word document.