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 How to apply gradient fill to a table in Word document?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2018-11-21

In a Word document, it is easy for you to fill color for the table cells, but, have you ever tried to apply gradient fill to a table? This article, I will talk about how to deal with this task in Word?

Apply gradient fill to a table cell in Word by inserting a Text Box

Apply gradient fill to a table cell in Word by inserting a Text Box

There is no direct way for you to fill gradient color for a table cell, but, you can solve this problem by using a Text Box, please do as this:

1. Click Insert > Text Box > Draw Text Box, see screenshot:

doc gradient fill table 1

2. Then, draw a text box, which is the same size as the table cell, see screenshot:

doc gradient fill table 2

3. Click the text box, and click Format > Shape Fill > Gradient > More Gradient under the Drawing Tools tab, see screenshot:

doc gradient fill table 3

4. Then, in the Format Shape pane, under Fill and Line tab, please do the following operations:

(1.) Select Gradient fill option;

(2.) Choose and set the gradient color as you need;

(3.) Check No line option.

doc gradient fill table 4

5. And the table cell has been applied the gradient color, now, you need to click Format > Send Backward > Send Behind Text, see screenshot:

doc gradient fill table 5

6. And now, the cell contents have been displayed as following screenshot shown:

doc gradient fill table 6

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Wow ! It seems absolutely amazing that Microsoft has made such a basic task as put a gradient in the background of a tab cell such a pain. In Apple Pages 4.3 that is the simplest thing ever : just select the cell and make your gradient. That was back in 2014. Here the thing is tricky as hell ; looks like a sort of play and works very bad. This does not qualify as a professional tool to work with.
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