Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Drawing a Table
Other than the method of specifying rows and columns, this process is identical to creating
a table via the Insert Table dialog box because the same issues apply regarding placeholders
versus free-ﬂ oating tables. If a placeholder is available, PowerPoint uses it.
When you create a table from the Insert Table dialog or the Table button, the table is automatically formatted with
one of the preset table styles. You learn how to change this later in the chapter.
Drawing a Table
I’ve saved the most fun method for last. Drawing a table enables you to use your mouse
pointer like a pencil to create every row and column in the table in exactly the positions
you want. You can even create unequal numbers of rows and columns. This method is a
good one to use whenever you want a table that is nonstandard in some way — different
row heights, different column widths, different numbers of columns in some rows, and so
on. To draw a table, follow these steps:
1. Start on a new slide, and click Home
Title Only to switch
to a layout that contains no content placeholders. Add a title in the Title place-
holder if you want one.
Opening a new slide with a Title Only layout isn’t a requirement for drawing a table,
but it will make it easier your ﬁ rst time because it gives you a blank area in which
to draw the table, without any placeholders in the way.
2. Click Insert
Draw Table. The mouse pointer turns into a
3. Drag to draw a rectangle representing the outer frame of the table. Then
release the mouse button to create the outer frame and to display the Table Tools
4. On the Table Tools Design tab, click Draw Table to re-enable the Pencil tool if it
is not already enabled.
5. Drag to draw the rows and columns you want. You can draw a row or column that
runs all the way across or down the table’s frame, or you can stop at any point to
make a partial row or column. See Figure 8.4. When you begin to drag vertically or
horizontally, PowerPoint locks into that mode and keeps the line exactly vertical or
horizontal and straight. (Exception: It allows you to draw a diagonal line between
two corners of existing cells.)
6. (Optional) To erase a line, click the Eraser button on the Table Tools Design
tab, and then click the line to erase. Then click the Draw Table button on the
Table Tools Design tab to return the mouse pointer to its drawing (pencil) mode.