To customize a table within PowerPoint, follow these steps:
- Open your PowerPoint presentation and navigate to the slide where you want to insert or customize a table.
- If you haven't inserted a table yet, click on the "Insert" tab in the top menu, and then click on "Table." Choose the desired number of rows and columns by hovering over the grid or click "Insert Table" to enter specific dimensions. Click to insert the table onto your slide.
- Click on the table to select it. This will reveal two new tabs under "Table Tools" in the top menu: "Design" and "Layout."
- Use the "Design" tab to customize the table's appearance:
- In the "Table Styles" group, choose a pre-built table style or create a custom style by selecting individual options for shading, borders, and effects.
- Use the "Shading" dropdown to select a fill color for the entire table or specific cells, rows, or columns.
- Use the "Borders" dropdown to customize border styles, colors, and weight, or to apply or remove borders from specific parts of the table.
- Check or uncheck the boxes in the "Table Style Options" group to enable or disable special formatting for header rows, total rows, banded rows, and banded columns.
- Use the "Layout" tab to customize the table's structure and arrangement:
- In the "Rows & Columns" group, use the buttons to insert or delete rows and columns or split and merge cells.
- In the "Cell Size" group, adjust the height and width of the rows and columns using the respective input fields or the "AutoFit" options to automatically resize the cells based on their contents or the width of the slide.
- In the "Alignment" group, use the buttons to control the vertical and horizontal alignment of text within the table cells.
- In the "Data" group, use the "Sort" button to sort the table based on specific columns, and the "Repeat Header Rows" button to ensure that header rows are repeated on each printed page if your table spans multiple pages.
4. To apply additional formatting, such as font styles, size, or color, select the text within the table and use the formatting options available in the "Home" tab.
With these tools, you can create a customized table within your PowerPoint presentation that is visually appealing and well-organized.