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How to Apply Border and Shading to Table Cells in Writer 2013

In Writer 2013, after you insert a table in the document, you can apply border and shading styles to the table. Follow this guide to apply border and shading to table.

Insert border and shading to selected cells

You can insert different borders and shading based on your needs by the following steps:

Step 1 Place the insertion point anywhere in the table and select the Table Tools tab.

Step 2 Click the Table Properties icon and open the dialog box.

Step 3 Click the Borders and Shading button and open the Borders and Shading dialog box shown as below:

border and shading of table in writer 2013

Figure 1 The Borders and Shading dialog box

Step 4 Select the Borders tab and choose Table in the Apply to drop-down list.

Step 5 Select the border pattern in the Setting section.

Step 6 Select the style of the border line, such as the double-line option in the Style section. Meanwhile, an effect figure will appear in the Preview section.

Step 7 Select the color of the border in the Color drop-down list and select the width of the border line in the Width drop-down list.

Step 8 Click OK to exit.

table with border in writer 2013

Figure 2 A table with a border

Apply different border for different cells

To set different border for different cells within the same table, for example to change the bottom border line of the sixth row of a table into a thicker line by the following steps:

Step 1 Place the insertion point to the left of the sixth row of the table. After the cursor changed into an arrow, click the right mouse button to select the whole line:

select cells and add border

Figure 3 Select the cells to add borders

Step 2 Click the Table Properties icon and open the dialog box.

Step 3 Click the Borders and Shading button and open the Borders and Shading dialog box.

Step 4 Select the Borders tab and choose Cell in the Apply to drop-down list.

Step 5 Select Custom option in the Setting section.

Step 6 Select single line in the Style section, select the color red in the Color drop-down list, and select 1.5 pt for the border line in the Width drop-down list.

Step 7 Click the Bottom border button in the Preview section, or directly click the bottom border on the previewed table.

Step 8 Click OK to complete the operation.

emphasize border of table in writer 2013

Figure 4 Emphasized border