Color One Cell in an MS Word Table

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A reader recently inquired:

"I have a table and would like to color the entire background of a single cell in the table. I am able to color the text in the cell, but not the entire background of the cell. I use MS Office 2003.

Any suggestions are much appreciated."

My reply:

  1. Place your cursor in the cell in which you would like to have shading.
  2. Now click on Format | Borders and Shading.
  3. Click on the Shading tab.
  4. On the left side, under Fill, select the color you would like to use.
  5. On the right side, under Apply to, use the drop-down arrow and select Cell.
  6. Click on OK.

That's really all there is to it!

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