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How to Draw a Table on a PowerPoint 2007 Slide

PowerPoint’s Draw Table command lets you draw complicated tables on your PowerPoint slides. This method is ideal for creating PowerPoint tables that are not a simple grid of rows and columns, but rather a complex conglomeration in which some cells span more than one row and others span more than one column.

Here’s the procedure for creating a table by using the Draw Table tool:

1

On the Insert tab on the Ribbon, click the Table button in the Tables group and then choose Draw Table from the menu that appears.

PowerPoint changes the cursor to a little pencil.

2

Draw the overall shape of the table by dragging the mouse to create a rectangular boundary for the table.

A table with a single cell is created and Table Tools is displayed on the Ribbon.

3

Carve the table into smaller cells.

Drag lines across the table. For example, to split the table into two rows, point the cursor somewhere along the left edge of the table and then click and drag a line across the table to the right edge. When you release the mouse button, the table splits into two rows. You can continue to carve the table into smaller and smaller cells. For each slice, point the cursor at one edge of where you want the new cell to begin and click and drag to the other edge.

4

Use the Pen Style and Pen Weight drop-down controls in the Draw Borders group to change the line size or style.

To change the style of a line you’ve already drawn by trace over the line with a new style.

5

If you make a drawing mistake, click the Eraser button in the Draw Borders.

Click the Draw Table button if you want to draw additional segments after using the Erase tool.

6

Click outside of the table to finish drawing the table.

Here is a table carved up into several cells, with various types of line style and line weights.

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