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Creating a table in a PowerPoint slide

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

PowerPoint table example

Tables are an excellent way to present and organize columns of data. Similar to spreadsheets, tables are organized in rows and columns. The intersection of rows and columns is called a cell. You decide how many rows and columns you want to appear in your table. Pressing the Tab key moves your cursor from one cell to another when entering data. Once you insert a table, you can then add more rows or columns later if need be. Like other objects in PowerPoint, you can apply a wide array of formats to your table such as borders, cell shading and cell fill.

To Insert a Table on a New Slide

  1. Click the New Slide arrow on the Home Ribbon.
  2. Choose the Title and Content layout.

    Title and content layout

  3. Click the Insert Table icon on the content area of the slide.

    The Insert Table icon
  4. Enter the number of rows and columns in the Insert Table dialog box.
  5. Click OK.

To Insert a Table on an Existing Slide Layout

  1. Click the Table button on the Insert Ribbon and drag across the grid until the desired number of rows and columns are displayed.

    Drag across table grid
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  2. Click the Table button on the Insert Ribbon.
  3. Click Insert Table on the menu.
  4. Enter the number of rows and columns in the Insert Table dialog box.
  5. Click OK.

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