How to Change the Color of a Table in Word 2013

Tables are a great way to display groups of information in a Word document. The grid layout offers an organizational option that is difficult to achieve with the paragraph structure that is normally associated with Word documents.

But a table in Microsoft Word can look a little boring with its’ default settings, so you might decide to change the color of your Word table. You can achieve this by adjusting the colors of your borders, then applying this change to the entire table.

 

Change Table Color in Microsoft Word 2013

The steps in this article will show you how to change the color of your table in Word 2013. This will affect the color of the lines in your rows and columns. If you want to change the color of the text in your table, then you can follow the steps in this article, but only select the table instead of the entire document.

 

Step 1: Open the document containing the table for which you want to change the color.

 

Step 2: Click inside one of the table cells, which will display the Table Tools menu at the top of the window.

click inside a table cell

 

 

Step 3: Click the Layout tab under Table Tools at the top of the window.

click the layout tab

 

 

Step 4: Click the Properties button in the Table section at the left side of the navigational ribbon.

click the properties button

 

 

Step 5: Click the Borders and Shading button.

click the borders and shading button

 

 

Step 6: Click All at the left side of the window.

click the all button

 

 

Step 7: Click the drop-down menu under color, then click the color that you want to use for the table.

select the color for the table

 

 

Step 8: Make any additional changes to the style of the table border or the line width, confirm that Table is selected under the Apply to option at the right side of the window, then click the OK button.

click the ok button

 

 

Step 9: Click the OK button at the bottom of the Table Properties window, then your selected color will be applied to the table.

 

 

Do you want to customize your table even further? Learn how to add spacing between table cells to give a unique appearance to your table.

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