Use tables in PowerPoint presentations to display important data. Learn to use the PowerPoint table function in this lesson.
Tables are another tool you can use to display information in PowerPoint. A table is a grid of cells arranged in rows and columns. Tables are useful for various tasks, including presenting text information and numerical data. You can even customize tables to fit your presentation.
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Watch the video below to learn more about inserting tables in PowerPoint.
You can also insert a table by clicking the Insert Table command in a placeholder.
PowerPoint includes several options for customizing tables, including moving and resizing, as well as adding rows and columns.
You can also access the Insert and Delete commands by right-clicking a table.
When you select a table, the Design and Layout tabs will appear on the right side of the Ribbon. You can make a variety of changes to a table using the commands on the Layout tab.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn about the different commands on the Layout tab.
You can insert or delete rows and columns in your table as needed.
Some tables require a layout that doesn't fit the standard grid. In these cases, you may need to merge or split cells.
Here, you can type a desired row height or column width for your cells. If you prefer, you can click the AutoFit command to automatically adjust the cells based on their content.
To keep your table looking neat and organized, you may want to distribute the rows or columns equally, which makes them all the same size.
By changing the text alignment, you can control where the text is located within cells.
Changing the text direction can add style to your table. It can also help to save space if you need to fit more columns in your table.
PowerPoint makes it easy to change the look and feel of your tables. For example, you can quickly apply different table styles and customize the table borders.
You can turn various options on or off to change the appearance of the table. There are six options: Header Row, Total Row, Banded Rows, First Column, Last Column, and Banded Columns.
These options can affect your table style in various ways, depending on the type of content in your table. You may need to experiment with a few options to find the exact style you want.
You can add borders to help define different sections of a table. Certain table styles may include borders automatically, but it's easy to add them manually or customize them. You can control the border weight, color, and line style for some or all of a table.