Format with Table Styles in Office 2011 for Mac - dummies

Format with Table Styles in Office 2011 for Mac

By Geetesh Bajaj, James Gordon

Table styles are new for Word and Excel in Office 2011 for Mac. The Ribbon’s Table Styles gallery and submenu make it very easy to apply great formats to your tables, so we’re sure you’ll like them.

Applying a table style in Office 2011 for Mac

All you do to apply a table style is click into a table and then click on a table style in the gallery or its submenu. The Clear Table Style option restores your table’s original format. The colors of the options in the gallery are influenced by the current theme.


Making a new table style in Office 2011 for Mac

In Word 2011, you can use the elaborate Styles dialog. PowerPoint doesn’t let you make new table styles. The option to make a new table style is available at the bottom of the Table Styles submenu in Excel. Choosing this option displays the New Table Style dialog. When using the Excel New Table Style dialog, here’s what you need to know:

  • Name: Enter a name for your new table style.

  • Table element: Select which table element you want to format or clear.

  • Format: Opens a secondary dialog with font, border, and fill formatting options for the selected table element.

  • Clear: Clears the formatting for the selected table element.

  • Set as Default Table Style for This Workbook: If you choose this option, the current table style will be applied to any new tables you make in the active workbook.

If you apply a theme after applying a table style, the theme colors and fonts override your table style. You can apply direct formatting to a table even after you have applied a style or theme.