Add or delete table rows and columns

You can use the Table Tools to easily add and delete rows and columns in PowerPoint. Here's how.

Note: For information about merging, splitting, or clearing the contents of table cells, go to Merge, split, or delete table cells.

Add a row

  1. Click a table cell in the row above or below where you want the new row to appear.

  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Rows & Columns group, do one of the following:

    • To add a row above the selected cell, click Insert Above.

    • To add a row below the selected cell, click Insert Below.

      Options in the Rows & Columns group

      Notes: 

      • To add multiple rows at once, using your mouse, drag to select an equal number of rows to the amount that you want to add, and then click Insert Above or Insert Below. For example, select three existing rows, click Insert Above or Insert Below, and three more rows will be added.

      • To add a row at the end of a table, click the rightmost cell of the last row, and then press TAB.

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Add a column

  1. Click a table cell to the right or the left of the column where you want the new column to appear.

  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Rows & Columns group, do one of the following:

    • To add a column to the left of the selected cell, click Insert Left.

    • To add a column to the right of the selected cell, click Insert Right.

      Options in the Rows & Columns group

      Note: To add multiple columns at once, using your mouse, drag to select an equal number of columns to the amount that you want to add, and then click Insert Left or Insert Right. For example, select three existing columns, click Insert Left or Insert Right, and three more columns will be added.

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Delete a row or column

  1. Click a table cell in the column or row that you want to delete.

  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Rows & Columns group, click Delete, and then click Delete Columns or Delete Rows.

    Deleting columns or rows

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Delete a table

  1. Click the table to select it.

  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Rows & Columns group, click Delete, and then click Delete Table or press DELETE on your keyboard.

    Deleting a table

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Add a row

  1. Click a table cell in the row above or below where you want the new row to appear.

  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Table group, click Select, and then click Select Row.

    word table tools layout tab image

  3. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Rows and Columns group, do one of the following:

    PowerPoint Rows and Columns group image

    • To add a row above the selected row, click Insert Above.

    • To add a row below the selected row, click Insert Below.

      To add multiple rows at once, select the number of rows that you want to add, and then click Insert Above or Insert Below.

Tip: To add a row at the end of a table, click the last cell of the last row, and then press TAB.

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Add a column

  1. Click a table cell in the column to the left or the right of where you want the new column to appear.

  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Table group, click Select, and then click Select Column.

    word table tools layout tab image

  3. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Rows and Columns group, do one of the following:

    PowerPoint Rows and Columns group image

    • To add a column to the left of the selected column, click Insert Left.

    • To add a column to the right of the selected column, click Insert Right.

      To add multiple columns at once, select the number of columns that you want to add, and then click Insert Left or Insert Right.

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Delete a column or row

  1. Click a table cell in the column or row that you want to delete.

  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Table group, click Select, and then click Select Column or Select Row.

    word table tools layout tab image

  3. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Rows & Columns group, click the arrow under Delete.

    PowerPoint Rows and Columns group image

  4. Do one of the following:

    • To delete a column, click Delete Columns or press BACKSPACE.

    • To delete a row, click Delete Rows or press BACKSPACE.

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