How to Modify a Table Style in Word 2011

By Geetesh Bajaj, James Gordon

In Office 2011 for Mac, you can apply table styles in Word that change the cells’ sizes, colors, shading, and more. If you like a style but want to tweak it just a bit or even a lot, you’ll be pleased to know that table styles can be modified easily. To modify an existing table style, follow these steps:

  1. Click anywhere in a table.

  2. Choose Format→Style from the menu bar.

  3. Click the List pop-up menu and choose All Styles to remove the filter from the style list.

  4. Click in the Styles list and then press T to get to the table styles.

    When you select any style with a description that starts with Table, you see a preview of the selected table style in the Table Preview area.

  5. Select the style you want to modify and then click the Modify button.

    The Modify Style dialog opens, allowing you to customize the style.

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The Modify Style dialog allows you to customize the existing table styles.

  • Name: This name appears in lists of styles in the Style dialog and in the Style Gallery on the Ribbon.

  • Style Type: Table. Well, of course!

  • Style Based On: Lets you select an existing style to use as the basis for your modifications. Don’t change this unless you want to pick a different style to modify.

  • Apply Formatting To: Click this pop-up menu to choose which table elements you want this table style formatting to affect.

  • Formatting: A set of formatting tools for text, line, border, fill, and alignment is provided for your convenience.

  • Preview: A live preview updates as you make formatting choices.

  • Description: A description of the style updates as you make formatting choices.

  • Add to Template: When 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 on the Ribbon. If you don’t select this check box, your customization remains with the current document only.

  • Add to Quick Style list: This adds your style to the Table Styles gallery on the Tables tab of the Ribbon.