Add a border to a table

When you add a border to a picture, text, or page, you can make those elements in your document stand out. You can do the same with the tables in your documents.

Note: This article describes procedures for Office for Mac applications. For Windows procedures, see Add, change, or delete borders from documents or pictures

Depending on the program you're using, you can add a border to a table by using the Border Styles gallery, you can apply a pre-designed table style, or you can design your own custom border.

Word

The quickest way to add borders in Word is from the Border Styles gallery.

  1. Click in the table, and then click the Table Move Handle to select the table.

    A table showing the table move handle

    The Table Tools Design tab appears. (In Office for Mac, the Table Design and Layout tabs appear. Click the Table Design tab.)

    Locate Table Tools

  2. Click Border Styles and choose a border style.

    Table border styles

  3. Click Borders and choose where you want to add the borders.

    Table border location

    Tip:  To change or add borders for part of your table, check that Border Painter is selected and then, in the table, click each border that you want to change or add. Word applies the border style you’ve already chosen, and you don’t need to select the table first.

    Border Painter command

Applying a pre-designed table style is another quick way to make your table stand out. Table styles add coordinating borders, shading, and text formatting.

  1. Click inside a table, and then click the Table Tools Design tab (the Table Design tab in Office for Mac).

    Locate Table Tools

  2. In the Table Styles gallery, click a table style. To see more gallery styles, click the More arrow. (This arrow appears below the gallery in Office for Mac.)

    Table styles gallery and More button

To design your own custom border, choose the color, width, line style, and where you want to apply the borders.

  1. In Word or Outlook, click in the table, and then click the Table Move Handle to select the table.

    A table showing the table move handle

    In PowerPoint, click anywhere on the outside border of the table to select it. (The Table Move Handle does not appear in PowerPoint.)

  2. Click the Table Tools Design tab (the Table Design tab in Office for Mac).

    Locate Table Tools

  3. Design your border.

    Click Line Style (Pen Style in PowerPoint) and choose a style.

    CHoose the line style for your border

    Click Line Weight (Pen Weight in PowerPoint) and choose the border width you want.

    Table border size

    Click Pen Color and choose a color.

    Table border color

  4. Click Borders and choose the borders you want.

    Table border location

    Tip:  To change or add borders for part of your table, check that Border Painter is selected and then click each border in the table. Word adds a border in the style, width, and color you’ve already chosen, and you don’t need to select the table first.

    Border Painter command

PowerPoint

Applying a pre-designed table style is a quick way to make your table stand out. Table styles add coordinating borders, shading, and text formatting.

  1. Click inside a table, and then click the Table Tools Design tab (the Table Design tab in Office for Mac).

    Locate Table Tools

  2. In the Table Styles gallery, click a table style. To see more gallery styles, click the More arrow. (This arrow appears below the gallery in Office for Mac.)

    Table styles gallery and More button

To design your own custom border, choose the color, width, line style, and where you want to apply the borders.

  1. In Word or Outlook, click in the table, and then click the Table Move Handle to select the table.

    A table showing the table move handle

    In PowerPoint, click anywhere on the outside border of the table to select it. (The Table Move Handle does not appear in PowerPoint.)

  2. Click the Table Tools Design tab (the Table Design tab in Office for Mac).

    Locate Table Tools

  3. Design your border.

    Click Line Style (Pen Style in PowerPoint) and choose a style.

    CHoose the line style for your border

    Click Line Weight (Pen Weight in PowerPoint) and choose the border width you want.

    Table border size

    Click Pen Color and choose a color.

    Table border color

  4. Click Borders and choose the borders you want.

    Table border location

    Tip:  To change or add borders for part of your table, check that Border Painter is selected and then click each border in the table. Word adds a border in the style, width, and color you’ve already chosen, and you don’t need to select the table first.

    Border Painter command

You can add custom borders in Word or PowerPoint.

Word

  1. Click the table or select the cells to which you want to add borders.

  2. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click Borders, and then click the borders that you want.

    Tables tab, Draw Borders group

  1. Click the table or select the cells where you want to add or change borders.

  2. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, on the Line Style pop-up menu, click the line style that you want.

    Tables tab, Draw Borders group

  3. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click Borders, and then click the borders that you want.

  1. Click the table or select the cells where you want to add or change borders.

  2. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, on the Line Weight pop-up menu, click the line weight that you want.

    Tables tab, Draw Borders group

  3. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click Borders, and then click the borders that you want.

  1. Click the table or select the cells in which you want to remove borders.

  2. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click Borders, and then click None.

    Tables tab, Draw Borders group

PowerPoint

  1. Click the table or select the cells to which you want to add borders.

  2. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click the arrow next to Borders  Borders button , and then click the borders that you want.

  1. Click the table or select the cells where you want to add or change borders.

  2. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, on the Line Style pop-up menu, click the line style that you want.

    PowerPoint Tables tab, Draw Borders group

  3. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click the arrow next to Borders  Borders button , and then click the borders that you want.

  1. Click the table or select the cells where you want to add or change borders.

  2. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, on the Line Weight pop-up menu, click the line weight that you want.

    PowerPoint Tables tab, Draw Borders group

  3. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click the arrow next to Borders  Borders button , and then click the borders that you want.

  1. Click the table or select the cells where you want to add or change borders.

  2. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click the arrow next to Line Color  Border Color button , and then click the line color that you want.

  3. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click the arrow next to Borders  Borders button , and then click the borders that you want.

  1. Click the table or select the cells in which you want to remove borders.

  2. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click the arrow next to Borders  Borders button , and then click No Border  Border Type button .

See also

Show or hide gridlines for all tables in a document

Move a table

Resize all or part of a table

Add or change the fill color of a table cell

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