I have a document with 3 pages, in each page I have a table for which I want to use I different color theme.

In MS Word 365 I go to Design menu and then option Colors and select desired color theme. This is different than Table design menu which gives completely different results and styles, but not the desired ones.

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The issue is that when I select a color theme, the the theme is applied to the whole document and not only the table I have selected.

How can I use color themes for specific tables avoiding to applied it to whole document? Thanks

1 Answer 1


The themes you are referring to are Document themes. They change anything linked to a theme in the document. You cannot use them for parts of a document.

There are also Table Styles available which could be used to change how different tables work. Note, since table styles use the Normal paragraph style, changes to that style can change the appearance of tables. That style is tied to the document theme.

Table Styles can be found on the Table Design tab. That tab is contextual; it appears when you are in a Table. In earlier versions it was simply a second "Design" tab under Table Tools.

Table Styles as shown on the Microsoft site

  • Thanks Charles for your answer. So, the most I can do would be try to set different styles similar to those options available in built in themes to apply separately to each table?
    – Ger Cas
    Oct 5, 2020 at 23:06
  • Not exactly. There are Table Styles. These are styles for the entire table. Here is the Word announcement on these. microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2012/08/30/… --- I've amended my answer to add a picture of the built-in table styles. You can create your own Table Styles as well. Oct 5, 2020 at 23:36
  • Like many galleries in Word, when you mouse over these, you will see what changes it would make in your table. Oct 5, 2020 at 23:42
  • Thanks Charles for your help and time. I´ll try as you mention. Regards
    – Ger Cas
    Oct 6, 2020 at 5:27

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