It’s best to use a single background colour for your web page (though Fill Effects allow you to use
more). To add more colour, use tables with different background colours. If you want a whole
section to appear with a different colour, a simple way is to set up a table with just a single cell (i.e.
one row and one column) and then type your text into that cell. In this next exercise you are going
to set up a table, with several rows/columns.
Move to the end of your existing text (press <Ctrl End> then <Enter>, if necessary)
Move to the INSERT tab then click on the [Table] button
Drag across the first 3 cells to create a table of 3 columns by 1 row then click the mouse
You can now fill in the cells. Use <Tab> to move between the cells, which expand vertically as you
type in text or press <Enter>.
Type something into each cell (e.g. Name, Address and Phone)
Press <Tab> at the end of the first row and a second row will automatically appear
Type in your own details, pressing <Tab> to move between the cells
You'll find that the default for a table is for the columns to be of equal width, and that a line of your
address may be split over two lines. You can alter the width of a particular column by positioning
the mouse cursor on the right-hand border (it becomes a double-headed arrow), holding down the
button and moving the mouse to left or right. When you let go of the button, the column is resized.
You can also double click to fit the column to the data.
Double click on the right-hand border of each column to fit it to the data
Next set up justification and the required table background colour and borders:
Select row 1 (drag through the cells or click in any cell then, on the TABLE TOOLS LAYOUT tab,
click on [Select] and Select Row) and make it bold and centred by pressing <Ctrl b> for [Bold]
and <Ctrl e> for [Center]
Next, click on the table indicator (the small square which appears at the top left of the table as
you move the mouse over it) to select the whole table – you could also use the [Select] button
and Select Table
In the Alignment group on the LAYOUT tab, set the alignment required (e.g. [Align Center])
Next click on the [Properties] button on the left of the ribbon and, on the Table tab, click on
[Borders and Shading...]
Here, set the required Border Style, Color and Width
Next, move to the Shading tab and set the required Fill colour for the whole table – click on
Note that each cell (row or column) can have its own distinct colour, if you want:
Finally, with the table still selected, centre the whole table on the page by pressing <Ctrl e>
(or move to the HOME tab and click on the [Center] button)
Press <Ctrl s> to [Save] your changes – press <Enter> for [Yes] to confirm filtered format
You can have a look at the HTML code used for a table, if you like, but it's quite complicated and not
so easy to understand.