Add, change, or remove table shading

When a table has many rows and columns, it can be difficult to read. To make reading easier, you can add various types of shading to a table. For example, you can shade every other row with a color or pattern. You can also change existing table shading, or remove it from the table altogether.

Do any of the following:

Add, change, or remove the shading fill color for an entire table

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. Click the table.

  3. Do one of the following:

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Add or change the shading fill color

On the Tables tab, under Table Styles, choose any table style other than Table Grid.

Remove the shading fill color

On the Tables tab, under Table Styles, choose the Table Grid style.

Tip: Table Grid is the first style in the Table Styles gallery.

Add, change, or remove the shading fill color in specific table cells

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. Select the cells by clicking the beginning of the cell in front of the text, or if it's an empty cell, in front of the end-of-cell mark End-of-cell mark .

    Note: To view end-of-cell marks, on the Standard toolbar, click Show  Show button .

  3. Do one of the following:

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Add or change the shading fill color

On the Tables tab, under Table Styles, click the arrow next to Shading, and then choose a fill color.

Remove the shading fill color

On the Tables tab, under Table Styles, click the arrow next to Shading, and then choose No Fill.

Add, change, or remove the shading fill color that is applied to specific text

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. Select the text.

  3. Do one of the following:

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Add or change the shading fill color

On the Tables tab, under Table Styles, click the arrow next to Shading, and then choose a fill color.

Remove the shading fill color

On the Tables tab, under Table Styles, click the arrow next to Shading, and then choose No Fill.

Add, change, or remove a pattern fill for an entire table

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. Click the table.

  3. Click the Table Layout tab, and then under Settings, click Properties.

    Table Layout tab, Settings group

  4. Click Borders and Shading, and then click the Shading tab.

  5. Do one of the following:

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Add or change a pattern fill

Select the options that you want for Fill, Style, and Color, and then on the Apply to pop-up menu, click Table.

Remove a pattern fill

Under Fill, click No Fill, on the Style pop-up menu, click Clear, and then on the Apply to pop-up menu, click Table.

Add, change, or remove a pattern fill for specific table cells

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. Select one or more cells.

  3. Click the Table Layout tab, and then under Settings, click Properties.

    Table Layout tab, Settings group

  4. Click Borders and Shading, and then click the Shading tab.

  5. Do one of the following:

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Add or change a pattern fill

Select the options that you want for Fill, Style, and Color, and then on the Apply to pop-up menu, click Cell.

Remove a pattern fill

Under Fill, click No Fill, on the Style pop-up menu, click Clear, and then on the Apply to pop-up menu, click Cell.

Add, change, or remove a pattern fill applied to a paragraph

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. Click anywhere in the paragraph.

  3. Click the Table Layout tab, and then under Settings, click Properties.

    Table Layout tab, Settings group

  4. Click Borders and Shading, and then click the Shading tab.

  5. Do one of the following:

To

Do this

Add or change a pattern fill

Select the options that you want for Fill, Style, and Color, and then on the Apply to pop-up menu, click Paragraph.

Remove a pattern fill

Under Fill, click No Fill, on the Style pop-up menu, click Clear, and then on the Apply to pop-up menu, click Paragraph.

See also

Add or change the fill color

Add or change borders in a table

Show or hide gridlines for all tables in a document

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