How to Merge and Split Table Cells on PowerPoint 2007 Slides - dummies

How to Merge and Split Table Cells on PowerPoint 2007 Slides

By Peter Weverka

PowerPoint enables you to merge and split table cells to make your PowerPoint tables more elegant than run-of-the-mill tables. In the following PowerPoint table, the cells in rows 2, 4, and 6 have been merged, and a baseball player’s name is in each merged cell. Where rows 2, 4, and 6 should have nine cells, they have only one.


Select the cells you want to merge or split, go to the Layout tab, and follow these instructions to merge or split cells:

  • Merging cells: Click the Merge Cells button. You can also right-click and choose Merge Cells.

  • Splitting cells: Click the Split Cells button or right-click and choose Split Cells. In the Split Cells dialog box, declare how many columns and rows you want to split the cell into and then click OK.

Another way to merge cells is to use the Eraser. On the (Table Tools) Design tab, click the Eraser button (you may have to click the Draw Borders button first). The pointer changes into an Eraser. Drag over a boundary between cells to merge cells. When you finish erasing, click the Eraser button a second time or press Esc.