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PowerPoint 2003: Formatting a Table

PowerPoint 2003: Formatting a Table

Once the data is in, it’s time to format your table. You can do this piece by piece by applying borders, cell shading and font characteristics cell by cell, row by row or column by column.

Additionally, you can use the Merge command to combine sets of cells together and the Split command to break cells apart.

     
  1. Click inside the table
     
  2.  
  3. Choose Format: Table… from the Menu bar
     

Figure 2. Format Table Dialog Box

    3.       Apply borders using the Borders tab

    4.       Apply Fill using the Fill tab

    5.       Click OK



Using Table Borders and Shading

Using Borders and Shading can be great ways to make certain cells in your table really stand out.

Adding Table Borders
     
  1. Select a Table, Column, Row or Cell
     
  2.  
  3. Click the Border Style command on the Tables and Borders toolbar
     
  4.  
  5. Select a border style
     
Removing Table Borders
     
  1. Select a Table, Column, Row or Cell
     
  2.  
  3. Click the Border Style command on the Tables and Borders toolbar
     
  4.  
  5. Choose No Border
     
Adding Table Shading
     
  1. Select a Table, Column, Row or Cell
     
  2.  
  3. Click the Fill Color command on the Tables and Borders toolbar
     
  4.  
  5. Select a shading color
     
  6.  
  7. Click OK
     
Removing Table Borders
     
  1. Select a Table, Column, Row or Cell
     
  2.  
  3. Click the Fill Color command on the Tables and Borders toolbar
     
  4.  
  5. Choose No Fill
     

Merging & Splitting Table Cells

The act of combining two or more cells is called Merging. For instance, you may to use the top row in the table as a header row, or title row. Instead of adding text outside of the table, you can select the entire top row and merge the individual cells into one allowing you to add a title that you can center across the top of your table data.

By the same token, you can take table cells and break them into smaller cells for more detailed data.

Merging Cells
     
  1. Select the cells you want to merge
     
  2.  
  3. Click the Merge command on the Tables and Borders toolbar
     
Splitting Cells
     
  1. Select the cell you want to split
     
  2.  
  3. Click the Split command on the Tables and Borders toolbar