Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Adding Slide Objects
Inserting Tables
If you want to present your data in a row and
column, use a table on the slide. Tables are a great
way to display the numerical facts that backup
your topic. In Chapter 5 “Working with Columns
and Tables,” you discovered information about
inserting and managing a table in Word. Many of
Word’s table features are mirrored in PowerPoint.
Table object borders
Begin by selecting the slide on which you want the
table and then clicking the Insert Table icon on the
content placeholder. The Insert Table dialog box
appears prompting you for the number of columns
and rows you want in your table. Enter the
numbers you want and click OK. If you need more
columns or rows, or less, you can change that after
you create the table. PowerPoint inserts the table
into your document. If you already have applied a
design to your presentation, the table picks up the
styles and colors associated with that design.
Figure 14-16
Illustrate data in a table.
Because the table is an object in the slide, when a
table is active you see a border surrounding it. The
border has a series of dots in each corner and at
the middle of the top, bottom, left, and right sides.
In the next chapter, you will see where you can use
the border and the border dots to move or resize
the table. You can inactivate the table by clicking
anywhere outside of the border and reactivate it by
clicking anywhere in the table.
Ribbon Table Command
When you insert a table, and while the table is
active, PowerPoint adds two contextual tabs to the
Ribbon: Table Tools Design and Table Tools Layout,
both of which you see in Figure 14-17. The Table
Tools Design tab helps you manage the overall
table appearance, and the Table Tools Layout tab
primarily helps you manage the table plan.
If you do not want to use the content
placeholder, you can optionally choose Insert>
Tables>Table, which provides a grid where
you can select the table size.
Just like a Word table, you add any text into the
individual cells by typing the text and then either
clicking in the next cell or using the Tab or
Shift+Tab keys to move around the table (see
Figure 14-16).
Figure 14-17
The Table Tools tab.
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