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Word 2010 : Changing Default Table Wordis a wiz at inserting and formatting tables, but by default, tables have borders. If you have to delete borders a lot, consider changing the default border property for tables. First, we will show you a quick way to delete borders for a single table. Then, we will show you how to change the default properties, so Word will insert a borderless table, by default.
Word 2010 : Changing Default Table • Deleting Borders Once • If you are using Word 2010, you can quickly remove those borders as follows: • 2010 and 2007: Select the table (click the Move Table handle in the top-left corner). Then, select the contextual Design tab.
Word 2010 : Changing Default Table In Print Layout (Normal) view, Word displays a light blue broken line to indicate the cell dimensions, but you won’t see those lines in Print Preview, and Word won’t print them. You can also remove borders using a simple keyboard shortcut. Place the insertion point in the table and press Ctrl+Alt+U
Word 2010 : Changing Default Table • Changing the border default • Occasionally removing the borders from a table is a simple task. If you do so frequently, consider changing the default settings as follows in 2010 and 2007: • Position the cursor inside the table and click the contextual Design tab. • In the Table Styles group, find an autoformat that best represents the default format you want. In this case, we will use the first autoformat, named Table Grid.
Word 2010 : Changing Default Table • Changing the border default • Right-click the autoformat and choose Modify Table Style.
Word 2010 : Changing Default Table • Changing the border default • In the resulting dialog, choose No Border from the Borders dropdown. • Click OK.
Word 2010 : Changing Default Table • After removing the borders from the Table Grid autoformat, you are ready to set it as the new default, as follows: • Right-click Table Grid in the Table Styles group. • Choose Set As Default.
Word 2010 : Changing Default Table • In the resulting dialog, select the All Documents Based On The Normal.dotm Template. If you retain the default, This Document Only, Word will use the format as the default in the current document only. • Click OK.
Word 2010 : Changing Default Table After changing the default in the Normal template, Word will insert future tables with no borders. It is very easy to choose the default options that you use the most and alter them as needed, rather than settling for Microsoft’s default options and always changing them.
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