Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Formatting Table Cells
Last Column. The rightmost column
Banded Rows. Every other row formatted differently
Banded Columns. Every other column formatted differently
With some of the styles, there is not a whole lot of difference between some of the settings. For example, you might
have to look very closely to see the difference between First Column being turned on or off; ditto with Last Column
and Total Row.
You can right-click one of the thumbnails in the Table Style gallery and choose Set as Default to change the default
table style.
Formatting Table Cells
Although table styles provide a rough cut on the formatting, you might want to fi ne-tune
your table formatting as well. In the following sections you learn how to adjust various
aspects of the table’s appearance.
Changing Row Height and Column Width
You might want a row to be a different height or a column a different width than others in
the table. To resize a row or column, follow these steps:
1. Position the mouse pointer on the border below the row or to the right of the
column that you want to resize. The mouse pointer turns into a line with arrows
on each side of it.
2. Hold down the mouse button as you drag the row or column to a new height or
width. A dotted line appears showing where it will go.
3. Release the mouse button .
You can also specify an exact height or width measurement using the Height and Width
boxes in the Cell Size group on the Table Tools Layout tab. Select the row(s) or column(s)
to affect, and then enter sizes in inches or use the increment buttons, as shown in
Figure 8.11.
The Distribute Rows Evenly and Distribute Columns Evenly buttons in the Cell Size group
(see Figure 8.11) adjust each row or column in the selected range so that the available space
is occupied evenly among them. This is handy especially if you have drawn the table your-
self rather than allowed PowerPoint to create it initially. If PowerPoint creates the table,
the rows and columns are already of equal height and width by default.
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