Creating

There are several ways you can create a table:
1) Using the Slide Layout with the table placeholder.
2) Using the Slide Layout with a content placeholder.
3) Using the (Insert > Table) dialog box.
4) Using the (Table > Insert Table) dialog box.
5) Using the Insert Table button from the Standard toolbar.
6) Using the Draw Table button from the Tables and Borders toolbar.


Using the Slide Layout with the table placeholder

One of the slide layouts available in the task pane is the "Title and Table" slide layout.
This slide provides a title for the slide and one large table that fills the slide.

This is near the bottom of the list in the task pane.
Title and Table slide layout

You need to double click the placeholder to display the (Insert > Table) dialog box.
This method will create a uniform table that fits the size of the table placeholder.


Using the Slide Layout with a content placeholder

The table is one of the six types of content available form the multi-type placeholder to display the Insert Table dialog box.

Table - Displays the (Insert > Table) dialog box.
Title and Content slide layout

You need to single click the table icon to display the (Insert > Table) dialog box.
This method will create a uniform table that fits the size of the content placeholder.


Using (Insert > Table) dialog box

Selecting (Insert > Table) allows you to insert a table anywhere on a slide.
This dialog box which is displayed allows you to enter the number of rows and columns you want for your table.

Select the number of rows and columns and press OK.
This method will create a uniform table that fits the whole slide.
You will probably want to move and resize the table to place it in the exact position.
If AutoLayout is switched on (and it is by default), the existing slide layout might change to one that actually includes a table placeholder.


Using (Table > Insert Table) dialog box

You can also use the Table drop-down menu on the Tables and Borders toolbar.

This will display the same dialog box allowing you to enter the number of rows and columns you want for your table.
This method will create a uniform table that fits the whole slide.
If AutoLayout is switched on (and it is by default), the existing slide layout might change to one that actually includes a table placeholder.
For more information please refer to the AutoLayouts page.


Insert Table Button on Standard toolbar

Lets you drag out the size of the table
The Insert Table button on the standard toolbar displays a drop-down grid allowing you to drag the mouse to specify the right number of rows and columns.


Near the table will be a floating Tables and Borders toolbar
You can move between cells by pressing the arrow keys or Tab to move across.
Just drag the mouse over a portion of the table to select individual cells


Using Draw Table button on Tables and Borders toolbar

This method allows you to use a pencil to draw the table in the exact position and is perfect for creating those non standard tables.
You will need to display the Tables and Borders toolbar first. This can be done by selecting (View > Toolbars > Tables and Borders).
Pressing the Draw Table button on the Tables and Borders toolbar will change the mouse to resemble a pencil allowing you to draw a table anywhere on the slide.

Draw Table - Activates the pen allowing you to manually draw the table.
Eraser - This can be dragged across a line to remove it from the table.

To define the outside border, drag the pencil diagonally to the required size.
You can then drag the mouse to create additional rows and columns.


Create the outer boundary first by dragging the mouse from the top left corner to the bottom left corner. You can drag it from right to left if you want to).
Drag across to create rows and drag vertically to create columns.

You can create entire rows and columns or just partial ones.
When you have finished press ESC to switch the mouse pointer back to the normal cursor.


Important

Using the Draw Table button on the Tables and Borders toolbar is the only way to create uneven tables directly with different column widths and row heights.
A table is just another type of object and behaves in a similar way to all the other objects.


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