t's a given fact that adjacent cells share the wall that separates them, so
the right wall of cell "A5" can't be different from the left wall of cell
"B5". Likewise, the cells in the first row can't have a different Top Border
than what you choose for the Top Border of the table, & the cells in the
left column can't have a Left Border that differs from the Left Border of
the table, and so on. With that understanding, however, there is no problem
using different combinations of borders in a Word table.
How are you going about it?
It's best if you turn on the Tables & Borders Toolbar [although most of the
same features are available in the Formatting Palette's Borders & Shading
section]. There are 2 main ingredients that enable getting the job done:
1- Selection of only the cells that need to be formatted a certain way, &
2- Using the correct border button to apply the border of choice, which may
require the use of more than one button (i.e., if you want the border on 2
or 3 walls of the cell).
On the Tables & Borders toolbar there is a button 2 from the right in the
top row for choosing which wall to apply the border to. There's a similar
button labeled Type on the Formatting Palette. If you click the tiny
triangle on the right edge of that button it opens a palette of choices;
Outside, Inside, All, Top, Bottom, Left, Right... even diagonals.
Additionally, you may want to use the Table> Table Properties - Table -
Options button to "Allow spacing between cells". That may or may not be
useful for what you're trying to do. You can also improvise by having an
empty row at the top, merging the cells & adjusting the row height. Do the
same thing with an empty bottom row as well as with 'dummy' first & last
columns. It also gets a bit tricky if you try to merge or split cells
*after* applying borders to them... In fact, you can create empty
rows/columns anywhere in the table you want to & size them so small that
they virtually disappear except for the formatting distinction.
It's true that there are some programs that offer more table customization
flexibility, but most of those I've seen [that are at all reliable] also
weigh in with a price tag roughly triple that of the entire Office suite.
On 1/21/10 1:42 PM, in article
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