Chapter 23. Working with Tables and Charts

You can type tabular data—in other words, data in a grid of rows and columns—directly into a table, or import it from other applications. You can also apply formatting that makes tabular data easier to read and more attractive. When you need to create a quick chart that has no external source, PowerPoint's charting tool works perfectly. The PowerPoint 2010 charting interface is based on the one in Excel, so you don't have to leave PowerPoint to create, modify, and format professional-looking charts.

In this chapter, you'll learn how to create and manage PowerPoint tables and how to create charts that present numeric data in a visual format.

Creating a New Table

A table is a great way to organize little bits of data into a meaningful picture. For example, you might use a table to show sales results for several salespeople or to contain a multicolumn list of team member names.


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There are several ways to insert a table, and each method has its purpose. The following sections explain each of the table creation methods.

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