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In word or excel or power point you can change the background color of a table or selected rows or columns of a table, but I can't find a way to do this is onenote.
Is there a way to do this?

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

There is no way to change the background color of cells in a table in OneNote

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OneNote 2013 now has RMB >> Table >> Shading. – apalopohapa Jan 9 '15 at 16:38

In a table:

  • highlight the row, cell or column you want to shade
  • right click and select table
  • shade
  • select your color and voila! Your column is shaded.
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Are you sure using OneNote to do this and note Word? I don't have a shade option. – Tyrsius Apr 29 '14 at 22:14
The menu option exists in 2013, but not in 2010. If you apply color in 2013 it does not show up in 2010 (I have a table shared between both versions right now). – Ben Jackson Jul 3 '14 at 0:29

Create a shape in Word and fill with desired colour. Copy into OneNote and 'send to back' behind table. Hope this helps!

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Thanks, this should work but it is less than ideal, I wish microsoft added this feature to the next version. – Ali Apr 27 '12 at 13:48
Nice workaround, won't try it though :) Wondering why Microsoft left out such a basic feature... – Sander Jun 6 '12 at 11:20

I'm on One Note for Mac so not sure if this is the same on Windows.

  1. Highlight the row/cells to be shaded
  2. In the toolbar, click on "Table" tab which appears.
  3. Locate "Shading" at the right-end of that tab.

It is odd this does not appear from the context (right-click) menu.

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