Rather than rely on a PowerPoint table style, you can slap color on the columns and rows of your PowerPoint table, draw borders around columns and rows, and choose a look for borders. To fashion borders for a PowerPoint table, start by declaring what the borders will look like. Then select the part of the table that needs new borders and choose a Borders command. Click inside your table and follow these steps to decorate it (or part of it) with borders:


Click the (Table Tools) Design tab.

Options for your table are displayed.


Select the part of the table to which to add a border.

To select the entire table, right-click it and choose Select Table.


Open the Pen Color drop-down list and choose the color for your borders.

You may have to click the Draw Borders button first, depending on the size of your screen.


Open the Pen Style drop-down list and choose a line style.

Stay away from the dotted and dashed lines unless you have a good reason for choosing them. These lines can be distracting and keep the audience from focusing on the data being presented in the table.


Open the Pen Weight drop-down list and choose how the border’s thickness.

Make you border thick or thin or something in between.


Open the Borders drop-down list and choose where to place borders on the table.

The Borders commands have different effects, depending on which part of the table you selected. For example, if you selected two rows and you choose the Top Border command, the command applies only to the top of the uppermost row. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 until you get it just right.