Colors can make the text inside rows and columns easier to read, such as coloring every other row. To color all or part of a table, follow these steps:
1. Select a table, row, column, or cell that you want to modify by following the steps in the earlier section, "Selecting all or part of a table."
Word highlights your chosen table, row, column, or cell.
2. Click the Design contextual tools tab that appears under the Table Tools tab.
3. Click Shading.
A color palette appears, as shown in Figure 6-11.
The Shading command displays a color palette.
4. Move the mouse pointer over a color.
Word automatically displays your chosen color in the selected part of your table. Each time you point to a different color, Word displays a different color in the table.
5. Click a color in the palette when you're happy with a particular color.