PowerPoint 2010 Working with Tables

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PowerPoint 2010

Working with Tables


Lesson 21
Tables are another tool you can use to display information in PowerPoint 2010. Atable is a grid of cells arranged in rows and columns. Tables can be customized and are useful for various tasks such as presenting text information and numerical data.
In this lesson, you will learn how to insert tables, apply table styles, and format tables using various commands.

Working with Tables

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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.

    Modifying Tables

    To Resize a Table:

    1. Position the mouse over one of the sizing handles located around the edge of the table. The cursor will become a pair of directional arrows resize cursor .
      Using the sizing handles to resize a tableUsing the sizing handles to resize a table
    2. Click, hold, and drag your mouse to make the table bigger or smaller.
      Resizing a tableResizing a table
    3. Release the mouse. The table will be resized.
      The resized tableThe resized table

    To Add a Column or Row:

    1. Place the insertion point in a cell adjacent to the location where you wish to add a row or column.
      Placing the insertion point to insert a new row abovePlacing the insertion point to insert a new row
    2. Select the Table Tools Layout tab and locate the Rows & Columns group
      Inserting a new row or columnInserting a new column or row
    3. If you would like to insert a new row, select either Insert Above or Insert Below. If you would like to insert a new column, select either Insert Left or Insert Right.
    4. A new row or column will appear.
      The inserted rowThe inserted row

    To Delete a Row or Column:

    1. Select the row or column by placing the insertion point in any cell in that row or column.
    2. Select the Table Tools Layout tab.
    3. In the Rows & Columns group, click Delete. A drop down menu appears.
Select Delete Rows or Delete Columns.
Deleting a columnDeleting a column

Modifying the Table Style

To Apply a Table Style:

  1. Click anywhere on the table. The Table Tools tab will appear on the Ribbon.
  2. Select the Table Tools Design tab and locate the Table Styles.
  3. Click the More drop-down arrow to see all of the table styles.
    Changing the table styleChanging the table style
  4. Hover the mouse over the various styles to see a live preview.
    Previewing the new table stylePreviewing the new table style
  5. Select the desired style.
    The modified tableThe modified table

To Change the Table Styles Options:

Once you've chosen a table style, you can turn various options on or off to change the appearance of the table. There are six options: Header RowTotal RowBanded RowsFirst ColumnLast Column, and Banded Columns.
  1. Click anywhere on the table. The Table Tools tab will appear.
  2. Click on the Table Tools Design tab.
  3. Hover the mouse over each option in the Table Style Options group to see an explanation of what it does, and check or uncheck the desired options.
    Checking and unchecking table style optionsChecking and unchecking table style options
Depending on which Table Style you're using, certain Table Style Options may have a somewhat different effect. You may need to experiment to get the exact look you want.

To Add Borders to a Table:

  1. Select the cells you wish to add a border to.
    Highlighting cells to add bordersSelecting cells to add borders
  2. From the Table Tools Design tab, select the desired Line StyleLine Weight, and Pen Color.
    Selecting border optionsSelecting border options
  3. Click the Borders drop-down arrow.
  4. From the drop-down menu, select the desired border type.
    Selecting a borderSelecting a border
  5. The border will be added to the selected cells.
    The added borderThe added border 

    Modifying a Table Using the Layout Tab

    When you select a table in PowerPoint 2010, Design and Layout tabs appear under Table Tools on the Ribbon. Using commands on the Layout tab, you can make a variety of modifications to the table.
    Use the interactive below to learn about the different ways you can modify a table with the Layout tab.



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