Remove borders from a table in Word 2016 for Mac

When you insert or draw a table, Word automatically adds black borders. You can change the borders or remove them.

Remove all borders

  1. Click in any cell to show the table move handle Four-headed arrow handle in the upper left corner of the table.

  2. Click the table move handle Four-headed arrow handle to select the table and show the Table Design tab.

  3. On the Table Design tab, click the arrow next to Borders and then click No Border .

    Tip: Be sure to click Borders not Border Styles.

    The No Border option is highlighted

Remove only some borders

  1. Select the cells where you want to remove some borders.

  2. On the Table Design tab, click the arrow next to Borders and select the options you want.

    Tip: Be sure to click Borders not Border Styles.

    The border options are shown for the table design

Remove individual borders

  1. Click in any cell to show the Table Design tab.

  2. On the Table Design tab, in the Line Style box, click No Border. Your cursor will become a paintbrush you can use to erase individual borders.

    No Border is highlighted in Line Styles

  3. Click the borders you want to erase.

  4. When you're done, on the Table Design tab, click Border Painter to change the paintbrush back to a cursor.

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