Working with Tables

Use tables in PowerPoint presentations to display important data. Learn to use the PowerPoint table function in this lesson.

Working with tables

Video: Working with Tables in PowerPoint 2010

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In PowerPoint, tables are useful for organizing and presenting data. To use tables in your slide show, you'll need to know how to insert them, apply table styles, and format them.

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To insert a blank table:

  1. On the Insert tab, click the Table command.
  2. Hover your mouse over the diagram squares to select the number of columns and rows in the table.
    Inserting a table with the Insert tabInserting a table with the Insert tab
  3. Click your mouse. The table will appear on the slide.
  4. You can now place the insertion point anywhere in the table to add text.
Adding text to the inserted tableAdding text to the inserted table

To make sure your table looks good with the slide layout, you can also insert a table using the placeholder. Click the Insert Table icon in the placeholder, then enter the desired number of rows and columns.

Inserting a table in the placeholderInserting a table in the placeholder

To move a table:

  1. Place the cursor over the edge of the table. The cursor will turn into a cross with arrows Cross cursor.
  2. Click and drag the table to the desired location.
    Moving a tableMoving a table
  3. Release the mouse button to drop the table in the new location.