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

Customizing tables

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.

To apply a table style:

  1. Select any cell in your table, then click the Design tab on the right side of the Ribbon.
  2. Locate the Table Styles group, then click the More drop-down arrow to see available table styles.
    clicking the More drop-down arrow to see more Table styles
  3. Select the desired style.
    choosing a table style
  4. The selected table style will be applied.
    the applied table style

To change table style options:

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.

  1. Select any cell in your table.
  2. From the Design tab, check or uncheck the desired options in the Table Style Options group.
    applying different Table Style options

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.

To add borders to a table:

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.

  1. Select the cells where you want to add borders. In our example, we'll select every cell in our table.
  2. From the Design tab, select the desired Line Style, Line Weight, and Pen Color.
    customizing the border style
  3. Click the Borders drop-down arrow, then select the desired border type.
    applying cell borders
  4. The border will be added to the selected cells.
    the applied borders
  5. To remove borders, select the desired cells, click the Borders command, and select No Border.