Add or remove shading in a table in Word 2016 for Mac

Adding shading to a table can help make certain rows, columns, or cells—or the entire table—stand out in your document. For example, you could add shading to the header row of a table to make it distinctive. The easiest way to add colored shading to a table is to use the Shading option on the Table Design tab.

Add shading to a table

  1. Select the cells you want to change.

    • To select an entire table, click in the table, and then click the Table Move Handle in the upper-left corner.

    • To select a row, column, cell, or group of cells, click and drag your mouse pointer to highlight the cells you want.

  2. On the Table Design tab, the arrow next to Shading.

    On the Table Design tab, Shading is highlighted.

  3. Under Theme Colors or Standard Colors, select the shading color you want. Or, for more color options, click More Colors.

    Shading color options with More Color highlighted.

Remove shading from a table

  1. Select the cells you want to change.

    • To select an entire table, click in the table, and then click the Table Move Handle in the upper-left corner.

    • To select a row, column, cell, or group of cells, click and drag your mouse pointer to highlight the cells you want.

  2. On the Table Design tab, click the arrow next to Shading.

  3. Click No Color.

    Shading color options with No Color highlighted.

See also

Insert a table

Show or hide gridlines for all tables

Delete columns and rows in a table

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