Adding Borders and Shading to Tables

To add borders  to your table you can highlight the cells you want to apply borders to and use the borders icon .

If a border is already applied the corresponding icon will appear paler in colour when you are in that cell.  To remove the border click the same icon again to turn the border off.  E.g. if a cell has only a top border and your cursor is in that cell, clicking on the top border icon will remove the border.

The same icons can be used to place borders around text that is not in a table, just highlight the paragraph and apply the borders you require.  More border options are available by clicking on the Format drop-down menu and choosing Borders and Shading.  In the window that appears as below you can change the colour of the borders and change the thickness and line style.

If you click on the Show Toolbar button you will display the Tables and Borders Toolbar.

You can change the background colour of a table cell by clicking on that cell and then clicking on the Fill Colour icon .  If you click the drop-down icon to the right of this icon you will display a palette of colours which you can choose from.  Alternatively, you can click on the Format drop-down menu and choose Borders and Shading to display the Borders and Shading window.  Click on the Shading tab at the top of the window and you will be able to choose a fill colour.

Make sure the Apply to: box is set correctly or you may apply the shading to your whole table when you only wanted to apply it to one cell.  If you click on the More Colours button you can choose from a greater range of colours in the Standard section of the window or create your own shade using the Custom section of the window.