How to Create Table Templates in Microsoft Word

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Microsoft Word's table templates are great timesavers. With them, you can quickly apply your own custom formatting to any table in Word. Here's how to create your own table style and save it as a template.

The easiest way to create your own table template is to start with one of Word's built-in table styles and then tweak it to your preferences.

1. Go to the Insert tab and click Table.

insert table

2. Mouse over the squares in the table grid to select the number of columns and rows you want in the table.

3. Click on the last square to insert the table. Word will now switch you to the Design tab for formatting the table.

4. Click inside the table.

5. Select a style from the Table Styles gallery and take note of the style name. You'll need the name in the steps below.

table style

table style gallery

6. Click the down arrow next to the Table Styles and select New Table Style.

table style new

7. Give this table style a new name.

table style create

8. Select the table style you want to base yours on in the dropdown box next to "Style based on" option.

table style create select

9. Select your formatting options. For example, you can change the font and font style, change the border and cell colors, and change the text alignment.

table style options

For additional formatting options, click the Format button at the bottom left of the window.

table style format

10. Select "New documents based on this template" so the table style will be available in future Word docs.

table style newdocs11. Click OK.

You'll now see your new table style in the gallery and can select that to format any future tables in one click.

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  • Ali SHAHBAZ Says:

    hi i have tow tables side by side, my problem is when i add text to it the table wont adjust. I'm trying to make a student result sheet when i add course title in the course section the table width is increase. Please help me or tell me how can i fix the problem. Thanks

  • Nina R Says:

    Is it possible to do this in Excel 2017? I tried to follow but couldn't find the "Format" menu under formatting options (#9).

  • Teena Says:

    Is there a way to set up a custom table style template that I created to be used by other people in my office (other than just creating it on each of their individual desktops)?

  • Shonnafails Says:

    This was extremely helpful - thank you!

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