I have long used styles for consistent formatting in Microsoft Word. In a recent project, I created a style that added shading to a paragraph, but I wanted more spacing between the shading and the top of the text. No problem if the text was in a table. I could just add cell padding. So I recently discovered how to achieve the same effect. The key is borders.
Here’s the problem:
There is no spacing between the shading and the text.
Here’s the solution:
Select the style in the Styles panel. Right-click and choose Modify. In the Modify Style dialog box, click the Format button and from the drop-down list choose Borders. In the Borders and Shading dialog box, click the Borders tab. Under Setting, choose Box. From the Color list, select the same color used for shading. From the Width drop-down list, choose your desired size (I went with 3 points). Click OK to finish.