Change the look of a table

This article shows you how to apply or change a style, border, or color of a table in your presentation. For example, you can apply or clear a table style (or Quick Style), erase lines from a cell, row, or column, change the border of the table, or change the background color of a table.

Apply a table style

A table style (or Quick Style) is a combination of different formatting options, including color combinations that are derived from the theme colors of the presentation. Any table that you add has a table style applied to it automatically.

  1. Select the table that you want to apply a new or different table style to.

  2. Go to Design > Table Styles and click the table style that you want. To see more table styles, click the More button Button image.

    shows table styles in powerpoint

    Note   To change the look of text in a table, go to Home >Font, or click the table and then go to Design >Table Tools > WordArt Styles.

Remove a table style

To remove a table style, go to Design > Table Tools > More Button image, and then click Clear Table.

Erase a line from a cell, row, or column

  1. Go to Design > Table Tools. In the Draw Borders group, click Eraser.

    The pointer will change to an eraser Eraser used to draw tables.

  2. Click the line that you want to erase to remove it. When you're finished, click outside the table.

Add or change a table border

  1. Select the table cells that you want to add a border to (or change the border of).

  2. Go to Design > Table Tools. Select one of the following in the Draw Borders group:

    • Use Pen Color to change the color of the border.

      If you want more color options, click More Border Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme.

    • Use Pen Weight to change the weight of the border.

    • Use Pen Style to change the line style of the border.

  3. To apply the color, weight, or line style that you chose in step 2 to the table, do one of the following:

    • While the pointer still looks like a pencil Pencil used to draw tables, click the borders that you want to change.

Go to Design > Table Tools >Table Styles > Borders, and then click the border option that you want to change.

Tip   You can use the Eraser to delete borders between table cells. Under Design > Table Tools, in the Draw Borders group, click Eraser, or press and hold SHIFT while the pointer is a pencil Pencil used to draw tables, and then click the borders that you want to delete.

Add or change the background of a table

You can add or change the background color for the whole table. The background color appears underneath any fill color that is applied to the table cells.

  1. Click a cell in the table.

  2. Go to Design > Table Tools, and then in the Table Styles group, click the arrow next to Shading, and then point to Table Background.

  3. Click the color that you want, or to choose no color, click No Fill.

    To change to a color that is not shown in the Theme Colors list, click More Fill Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme.

Applies To: PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2016 Preview



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