Merge, split, or delete table cells

You can change the appearance of tables in your PowerPoint presentation by combining, splitting, or deleting table cells.

Merge table cells

To combine two or more table cells in the same row or column into a single cell, do the following:

  1. On the slide, select the cells that you want to combine.

    Tip: It is not possible to select multiple, noncontiguous cells.

  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Merge group, click Merge Cells.

    Merge or Split table cells

Tip: You can also erase cell borders to merge table cells. Under Table Tools, on the Design tab, in the Draw Borders group, click Eraser, and then click the cell borders that you want to erase. When you finish, press Esc.

Split table cells

To divide a table cell into more cells, do the following:

  1. Click the table cell that you want to split.

  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Merge group, click Split Cells, and then do one or more of the following:

    Merge or Split table cells

    • To divide a cell vertically, in the Number of columns box, enter the number of new cells that you want.

    • To divide a cell horizontally, in the Number of rows box, enter the number of new cells that you want.

    • To divide a cell both horizontally and vertically, in the Number of columns box, enter the number of new columns that you want, and then in the Number of rows box, enter the number of new rows that you want.

Split the contents of a table over two slides

PowerPoint can't automatically split a table that's too long to fit on one slide, but it's a straightforward process to do it yourself:

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Delete the content of a cell

  • Select the cell content that you want to delete, and then press Delete.

    Note: When you delete the content of a cell, you do not delete the cell. To delete the cell, you must merge table cells (as described in a section above) or delete the row or column.

Merge table cells

To combine two or more table cells in the same row or column into a single cell, do the following:

  1. On the slide, select the cells that you want to combine.

    Tip: It is not possible to select multiple, noncontiguous cells.

  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Merge group, click Merge Cells.

    Merge or Split table cells

Tip: You can also erase cell borders to merge table cells. Under Table Tools, on the Design tab, in the Draw Borders group, click Eraser, and then click the cell borders that you want to erase. When you finish, press Esc.

Split table cells

To divide a table cell into more cells, do the following:

  1. Click the table cell that you want to split.

  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Merge group, click Split Cells, and then do one or more of the following:

    Merge or Split table cells

    • To divide a cell vertically, in the Number of columns box, enter the number of new cells that you want.

    • To divide a cell horizontally, in the Number of rows box, enter the number of new cells that you want.

    • To divide a cell both horizontally and vertically, in the Number of columns box, enter the number of new columns that you want, and then in the Number of rows box, enter the number of new rows that you want.

Delete the contents of a cell

  • Select the cell contents that you want to delete, and then press Delete.

    Note: When you delete the contents of a cell, you do not delete the cell. To delete the cell, you must merge table cells (as described in a section above) or delete the row or column.

Merge cells

  1. In the table, drag the pointer across the cells that you want to merge.

  2. Click the Layout tab.

  3. In the Merge group, click Merge Cells.

    Screenshot shows the Merge group available on the table Layout tab, with the Merge Cells and Split Cells options.

Split cells

  1. In the table, click the cell that you want to split.

  2. Click the Layout tab.

  3. In the Merge group, click Split Cells.

  4. In the Split Cells dialog, select the number of columns and rows that you want and then click OK.

    Screenshot shows the Split Cells dialog with the options to set the number of columns and number of rows.

See Also

Add a table to a slide

Change the table style

Merge cells

  1. In the table, drag the pointer across the cells that you want to merge.

  2. Click the Table Layout tab.

  3. Under Cells, click Merge.

    Tables Layout tab, Cells group

Split cells

  1. In the table, click the cell that you want to split.

  2. Click the Table Layout tab.

  3. Under Cells, click Split.

    Tables Layout tab, Cells group

  4. In the dialog box, select the number of columns and rows that you want.

Merge table cells

To combine two or more table cells in the same row or column into a single cell, do the following:

  1. On the slide, select the cells that you want to combine.

    Tip: It isn't possible to select multiple, noncontiguous cells.

  2. Under Table Tools, select the Layout tab, and in the Merge group, select Merge Cells.

    Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Merge group, select Merge Cells.

    (Alternatively, you can right-click the selected cells and choose Merge Cells.)

Delete the contents of a cell

  • Select the cell contents that you want to delete, and then press Delete on the keyboard.

    Note: When you delete the contents of a cell, you do not delete the cell. To delete the cell, you must merge table cells (as described in a section above) or delete the row or column.

Split table cells

To divide a table cell into more cells, do the following:

  1. Select the table cell or cells that you want to split.

  2. Under Table Tools, select the Layout tab, and in the Merge group, select Split Cells.

    Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Merge group, select Merge Cells.

    (Alternatively, you can right-click the selected cells and choose Split Cells.)

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To divide a cell vertically, in the Number of columns box, enter the number of new cells that you want.

    • To divide a cell horizontally, in the Number of rows box, enter the number of new cells that you want.

    • To divide a cell both horizontally and vertically, in the Number of columns box, enter the number of new columns that you want, and then in the Number of rows box, enter the number of new rows that you want.

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