Here we have 2 tables, one is in the header and another one is outside of the header. (content of the page)

As you can see, I can simply change the background color of each cell in the bottom table (via Borders & Shading > Shading properties), but if I try to do the same for another table in the header, as you can see, I only get a white background.

I don't know why this is happening, it was working some hours ago, but now, I'm stock with this.

I'm using Microsoft Word 2011 in Mac OS X 10.9.5.

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  • Someone with enough reputation please update the question and add the image shown in the link. – Simeon Oct 13 '14 at 18:00
  • Same question here ... Even if I save, close and reopen a file, some formattings changes :( – Michel Gokan Oct 14 '14 at 9:05
  • FWIW I cannot currently replicate this problem here, but can you work around by creating the table in the body, then copy/paste? Or does that fail in the same way? – user181946 Oct 14 '14 at 17:18
  • Can you upload the document somewhere for testing? – Adam Oct 16 '14 at 11:55

I had this same issue. For the header you are trying to apply the shading to, click on the Header and Footer tab in the Ribbon menu bar and uncheck "Link to Previous" under the Options column.

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