by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 9, 2018)
When you add a table to your document, you may want to modify the borders that Word originally used for the table. You can do this by using any of the various methods that Word provides for modifying borders. Take your pick from the following:
Clicking on the arrow of the various Borders tools drops down a list of ways to apply border lines to the whole table and individual cells.
As with gridlines, if borders are applied to the table cell that the cursor is in, the Borders control will be highlighted.
Even more interesting, if the current cell does not have a border applied, but there are borders applied to any cell in the table then at least one of the lines in the "table" in the Borders control icon in the ribbon will be solid. (It is a very subtle indicator, but it is there if you look closely.)
Note that at the very bottom of the Borders drop-down list there are options to display the Borders and Shading dialog and to toggle View Gridlines.
The Draw Table and Eraser tools are good for adding and removing one or two lines at specific locations in a table. The Draw Borders group is the very last group on the Design tab of the ribbon. It has controls to set line thickness, style, and color. Clicking the Draw Table tool converts the mouse pointer to a pencil. Clicking on any line in an existing table makes that line the color, thickness, and style selected in the tool. Clicking and dragging between any two lines in the table cell will split the cells along that line. Use the Esc key to cancel the drawing mode. Clicking on the Eraser tool changes the mouse pointer into an eraser that deletes any cell lines that it touches. Again, the Esc key will cancel the eraser mode.
However you choose to create your borders, a little experimentation is in order. Don't be afraid to try out the numerous ways that Word provides to make your changes.
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