AuthorTec_Logo_220x220.png

How to Create a Custom Table Style

Part 1 – Open AuthorTec

1b-ribbon-dd.png
  1. Open Word
  2. Click on the Insert tab along the top of your screen
  3. Click on Custom Tables in the AuthorTec group
  4. Select Modify Custom Table Style Guide
 

Part 2 – Bring up Table Tools Design

  1. You will now see a Word document - the Style Guide for AuthorTec Custom Table Styles
  2. Place your cursor in any table on that page
  3. Look up along the upper right quadrant of your screen
  4. Click on the Table Tools - Design tab
    1. You only see this tab when your cursor is in a table
  5. Hover your cursor over any one of the Table Styles and right-click your mouse to reveal the drop-down menu
  6. Click on New Table Style - this will bring up the Create New Style from Formatting dialog box
right-click-new-table-style.png
 

Part 3 – Establish your Global Settings

In the Create New Style from Formatting dialog box:

1-Create-New-Style-DB.png
  1. Give your table a Name
  2. Leave Style Type set as “Table
  3. Leave Style based on set as Table Normal
  4. Leave Apply formatting to set as Whole table
  5. Use the next two rows of buttons to set your global table styles:
    1. Font, Font Point size, Font Attributes: Bold, Italic, Underline, Font color
    2. Table grid line style, weight, line color, show/hide setting
    3. Table row fill color
    4. Table Text alignment
  6. Click the Format button in the lower left corner of the dialog box for additional formatting setting options. For example:
    1. If you plan to have a Header Row and you want it to carry over if your table runs over more than one page you would:
      1. Click Format
      2. Click Table Properties
      3. Click Row
      4. Click the box next to Repeat as header row at the top of each page
 

Part 4 – Fine-tune Specific Settings

For Header Rows, Columns, Banding, etc. follow these steps.

Apply-Formatting-To.png
  1. Change Apply formatting to by clicking the arrow next to Whole table
  2. Select the specific table aspect you would like to customize
  3. Make your adjustments
  4. Repeat as needed
  5. When done, make sure Only in this document is selected
  6. Click OK and the dialog box will close
 

Part 5 – Create your Custom Table Template & Save

  1. Go to a free paragraph mark on the Style Guide for AuthorTec Custom Table Styles page
  2. Type your new Table Name and hit enter, to place your cursor by another free paragraph mark
  3. Along the top of your screen in Word, click Insert and click Table
  4. Add a table to the page and select it
  5. Look up along the top right quadrant of your screen and click the Table Tools Design tab
  6. Hover over the Table Styles until you see your new Table Style name 
  7. Click on your new Table Style to apply it to the table you just placed on the page
  8. Now you can see what your new table looks like.
  9. If your table still needs adjusting, do it now, in the new table on the page.
    1. For instance: If you have header row names, type them in
    2. If you need to adjust the column widths look up to the top right portion of your screen and click on Table Tools Layout
    3. Use the Table Tools Layout ribbon to make any final adjustments
  10. Once your table is perfect Save your work
  11. Click File > Close to close the Style Guide for AuthorTec Custom Table Styles document and leave Word open
 

Part 6 - Use your Custom Table

Apply-Table-DB.png
  1. Open a new Word document, or the one you want to add your table to
  2. Place your cursor by a free paragraph mark at the spot where you want the table to sit
  3. Click on the Insert tab along the top of your screen in Word
  4. Click on Custom Tables in the AuthorTec group
  5. Select Apply Custom Table Style
  6. You will see your list of tables - Select the Table you need
  7. Adjust the number of rows and columns you would like in your table
  8. Click Apply
 

Not finding the help you need?

Contact us. We are happy to help you.