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How can I create a default table style, which remains throughout the course of my document, lets say, for example, I want grid-lines and a gray shading behind the header-row, without having to explicitly format every table instance to this standard, is it possible to define these styling flavors in the preamble to affect all tables, in effect, on a global basis?

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marked as duplicate by cmhughes, mafp, Kurt, Werner, Thorsten May 15 '13 at 17:07

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The pgfplotstable package can do this. –  Qrrbrbirlbel May 14 '13 at 0:11
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The first linked question in the Related section is really related: How to separate table content and table style –  Qrrbrbirlbel May 14 '13 at 1:02
    
To ADP: could we close this as a duplicate of @Qrrbrbirlbel link- there's a few different solutions, one of which uses pgfplotstable package with complete MWEs.... let us know if it is different, and if so, it might be nice to elaborate a little :) –  cmhughes May 14 '13 at 21:23
    
Just close it off, Qrrbrbirbel's like is what I had in mind. –  Nicholas Hamilton May 14 '13 at 21:47

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Try the package cals. I wrote it with a similar need in mind.

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Welcome to TeX-SX. Would you consider adding your information to our package maintainers database? meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1181/… –  percusse May 14 '13 at 21:26
    
Yes, I think it's good to be listed. But I have no rights to edit the list and see no obvious way to submit the data. Would you please do it for me? cals ctan.org/pkg/cals Oleg Parashchenko github.com/olpa/tex/tree/master/cals –  olpa May 15 '13 at 6:05
    
@olpa: I've added the entry; I think now you should have enough rep to propose edits on meta. –  Charles Stewart May 15 '13 at 6:55

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