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I have a table in Word 2010 and would like sets of rows to be distinguished from other sets, but still all be in the same table. So, I would like a thicker grid line between some of the rows. But I can't see how to do that. I can adjust the thickness of the gridlines or I can turn gridlines for a row on and off, but I can't see how to make just the bottom gridline in a row thicker than the rest.

Header 1  |  Header 2  |  Header 3
 D1 R1    |  D2 R1     |  D3 R1
 D1 R2    |  D2 R2     |  D3 R2
 D1 R3    |  D2 R3     |  D3 R3
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Are you trying to do this with table styles, or just for an individual table?

  • For an individual table you just need to select the row and click Borders and Shading to update just that row. Make sure you select "Custom" on the left hand side under Setting, to make sure you can play with individual lines. Use the Style and Width to set what sort of line you want and then adjust on right hand side by clicking the lines you want to change.

    It is important to first select Thickness, then the line you want to change. So, under Borders and Shading select Custom, then Color (if needed), select Thickness, then select Line you want to change.

  • For a table style, you need to go to "Apply Formatting to" and select the type of row you want to change (header, odds, evens, total, etc.) You can't do this for a random row though.

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If I choose Borders and Shading, and then Grid, I can adjust the thickness in a box around multiple or single rows. That will work, but isn't really what I wanted. I don't see a way to adjust JUST the bottom line thickness, without modifying or removing the other gridlines. – thursdaysgeek May 2 '11 at 16:18
Aah, now I see. Don't use Grid, use Custom. That way you get control over the individual lines (style, color, width, etc.) via the RHS of the pane. I'll update the answer too. – Rhys Gibson May 2 '11 at 20:51
On Custom, I can turn them on or off. So, if I make one thicker, the rest also are thicker, or else off completely. At least with Grid, I still get the gridlines. It seems like Custom would be what I want, but I'm just not seeing how to modify one of those lines to be thicker. Is that actually working for you? Maybe there is something wrong with my copy of Word. – thursdaysgeek May 2 '11 at 21:20
With custom you can change each line individually. See the example I've added to the answer. When I press OK, I get a row with a thick black left border, a thick purple right border, dotted top and bottom borders and dotted mid-cell borders. – Rhys Gibson May 3 '11 at 10:10
I could have sworn that I had tried that! – thursdaysgeek May 4 '11 at 20:47

I finally figured it out: Under Table Tools/Design menu, go to Draw Borders and adjust the line values to your preference. Then click on Draw Table and a pencil icon will appear. Click on any line and voila! The line is now set to your liking.

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