Chapter 9. Creating and Formatting Tables


  • Creating a new table

  • Moving around in a table

  • Selecting rows, columns, and cells

  • Editing a table's structure

  • Applying table Quick Styles

  • Formatting table cells

  • Copying tables from Word

  • Copying worksheet cells from Excel

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 much of the formatting that you learned about in Chapters 6 and 7, but there are some special methods that you must consider when working with tabular data. In this chapter, you'll learn how to create and manage PowerPoint tables and how to insert tabular data from other sources.

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. (Methods that involve using other programs, such as Word or Excel, are covered later in the chapter, in the sections "Using Tables from Word" and "Integrating Excel Cells into PowerPoint.")

A table can be part of a content placeholder, or it can be a separate, free-floating item. If the active slide has an available placeholder that can accommodate ...

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