Microsoft Word - Make Your Table Pop By Adding A Drop Shadow Or 3-D Effect (Word 97/2000/2001/2002)


Here's a neat trick you can use to add a decorative drop shadow or 3-D effect to a Word table. First, display the Drawing toolbar:


  • Click the Text Box button, and draw a text box in your document
  • Make sure the text box is selected, and then choose Format | Text Box
  • Click on the Text Box tab, and change all the Internal margin settings to "0"
  • Click OK when you've finished
  • Now, with the Text Box still selected
  • Click the Shadow Style or 3-D Style button on the Drawing toolbar, and choose the desired option

To add the table, make sure the insertion point is positioned inside your text box:


  • Using the Insert Table button or the Table | Inset | table command
  • Add a table inside the text box
  • Next, choose Table | Table Properties from the menu bar
  • Click on the Table tab
  • Click the Options button
  • Change all the Default Cell Margins settings to "0"
  • Click OK twice to return to your document. (This step isn't applicable in Word 97)

That's it! Populate the table, and then format and resize the table and text box as needed. Depending on the shadow or 3-D style you applied, you may find it helpful to remove or change the text box's border color using the Line Color button on the Drawing toolbar. In addition, when you resize the text box to fit snugly around the table, hold down the [Alt] key to obtain the perfect fit.

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