Create New Table Styles in Word 2011 for Mac

When using Word in Office 2011 for Mac, you can apply table styles to change the cells’ appearance. If you can’t find an existing one that meets your needs, you can create new table styles from within the Style dialog. Take these steps:

  1. In Word 2011 for Mac, choose Format→Style.

    The Style dialog opens.

  2. Click the New button.

    The New Style dialog opens, which is practically identical to the Modify Style dialog.

  3. Type a name for your new style in the Name field.

  4. From the Style Type pop-up menu, choose Table.

  5. (Optional) Click the Style Based On pop-up menu to base your new style on an existing table style.

  6. In the Formatting section, choose formatting options as desired.

  7. Select the Add to Template box if you want to use this style again.

    When Add to Template is selected, your modifications are saved as a new style in the Normal.dotm template unless you have opened a particular template for editing, in which case your modifications are saved in that template. Your customized style is always available to you as a style in the Style dialog and in the Table Style Gallery of the Ribbon. If you don’t select the Add to Template check box, your customization remains only with the current document.

  8. Click OK to create the new style or click Cancel to close the New Style dialog.

If you have applied style formatting to a table, when you subsequently apply a document theme, the document theme’s colors are applied to your table.

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