Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Editing a Table’s Structure
A single cell. Move the insertion point by clicking inside the desired cell. At this
point, any command acts on that individual cell and its contents, not the whole
table, row, or column. Drag across multiple cells to select them.
An entire row or column. Click any cell in that row or column and then click
Table Tools Layout
Select and choose Select Column or Select Row.
Alternatively, position the mouse pointer above the column or to the left of the
row, so that the mouse pointer turns into a black arrow, and then click to select
the column or row. (You can drag to extend the selection to additional columns or
rows when you see the black arrow.)
There are two ways to select the entire table — or rather, two senses in which the entire
table can be “selected”:
Table
Select all table cells. When you select all of the cells, they all appear with shaded
backgrounds, and any text formatting command that you apply at that point
affects all of the text in the table. To select all cells, do any of the following:
Drag across all of the cells in the entire table.
Click inside the table, and then press Ctrl+A.
Select the entire table. When you do this, the table’s frame is selected, but the
insertion point is not anywhere within the table and cells do not appear with a
shaded background. You do this kind of selection before moving or resizing the
table, for example. To select the entire table, do any of the following:
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Click Table Tools Layout
Table
Select
Select Table, shown in Figure 8.5.
Click the frame of the table.
Click inside the table, and then press Esc once.
Right-click the table and choose Select Table.
Drag a marquee around the table. You can use the mouse to drag a marquee (a
box) around the table. This is also called lassoing . When you release the mouse but-
ton, everything inside the area is selected.
Editing a Table’s Structure
Now that you’ve created a table, let’s look at some ways to modify the table’s structure,
including resizing the entire table, adding and deleting rows and columns, and merging
and splitting cells.
Resizing the Overall Table
As with any other framed object in PowerPoint, dragging the table’s outer frame resizes
it. Position the mouse pointer over one of the selection handles (the white squares on the
sides and corners) so that the mouse pointer becomes a double-headed arrow, and drag to
resize the table. See Figure 8.6.
 
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