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    Table borders (2003)

    Dear loungers,

    In the attached table, I am trying my hardest to get the borders to be grey 50%, rather than black. I am selecting the table, right clicking it, selected "Borders and Shading," and then selecting grey 50%. However, the borders never change color. I tried selecting "Table" under "Apply to:" as well as "Cell," but neither gave me the desired result.

    Finally, I was able to get the first row only to show up as grey, by selecting it and clicking "Cell" under "Apply to." But using this same method, I couldn't get the second row to change.

    Does anyone know how to get Word to stop reverting to "Automatic"???

    Thank you!

    Jmt
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    Re: Table borders (2003)

    Does the following work:

    - Click anywhere in the table.
    - Select Table | Select | Table.
    - Select Table | Table AutoFormat...
    - Select Table Grid in the list of autoformats.
    - Click OK.
    - Select Format | Borders and Shading...
    - Click None on the left hand side of the dialog.
    - Select the style, color and weight that you want.
    - Make sure that Table is selected in the Apply to: dropdown.
    - Click All at the left hand side of the dialog.
    - Click OK.

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    Re: Table borders (2003)

    Once you choose a border style and a color, you have to make a choice from Settings, or the border is never applied. Once you choose a setting, it will stay that way. You can also use the little squares in the Preview panel to apply left, right, bottom, top borders. But you have to activate your settings for them to take effect.

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    Re: Table borders (2003)

    Dear Hans: when I follow those instructions, the entire table disappears, due I believe to the fact that None form the borders and shading dialogue box.

    Dear Nancy: how do I get to Settings? Are you referring to the Table Grid style modification box?

    Regards,

    JMT

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    Re: Table borders (2003)

    See the attached version of the document. It contains a table with gray borders, and a screenshot of the Borders and Shading dialog that shows the options I used. The section on the left hand side of the dialog is called Setting.
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    Re: Table borders (2003)

    That's the basic idea, but I didn't want all of the rows visible. I finally got it to work; to get the color to stick, you have to apply the border color to "All" and then go back and customize the table so that only some of the borders are visible. The third table in the attached is the effect I was going after.

    Regards,

    JMT
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