Word – Table shading in Word leaves text with unwanted white background

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I am using Word 2016 on Windows 10. I cannot get rid of the white background for text when I apply shading to specific table cells, as you can see below:

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The shading is applied to the cell, but choosing any other value (text, paragraph, table) also results in the same behavior.

I am a seasoned Word user and this never used to happen before.

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Best Answer

OK, I think I've got this sorted. The text in my cells uses the Normal style and had exactly the problem shown in the question - a white highlight against the cell shading colour. I fiddled with modifying the Style's Borders & Shading - but the Fill was No colour and the pattern was Clear, so all looked OK.


  1. Triple-clicked to select the text in a cell
  2. Right-click and choose Borders and Shading
  3. Select Shading tab and set Fill to No Colour
  4. Select Apply to: Text and click OK (this is the key step!)
  5. Right click on Style in Styles panel and Update to match selection

Disadvantage: Any Bold, Italic, etc applied to existing text will be cleared and will need to be re-applied.

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