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Modifying a Table

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After you create a table or begin to enter text in one, you might want to add more rows or columns to accommodate the text you are entering in the table. PowerPoint makes it easy for you to format your table. You can change the alignment of the text in the cells (by default, text is aligned on the left of a cell). You can also modify the appearance and size of the cells and the table.

Insert and Delete Columns and Rows

1.gif Click in a table cell next to where you want the new column or row to appear.

2.gif Click the Layout tab under Table Tools.

3.gif To insert columns and rows, click Insert Above, Insert Below, Insert Left, or Insert Right buttons.

4.gif To delete columns and rows, click the Delete button, and then click Delete Columns or Delete Rows.

Change Cells Margins and Table Sizes

1.gif Select the text you want to align in the cells, rows, or columns.

2.gif Click the Layout tab under Table Tools.

3.gif To resize the table manually, drag a corner or middle resize handle.

To set a specific size for the table, click the Table Size button, and then specify a height and width. To keep the size proportional, select the Lock Aspect Ratio check box.

4.gif To change margins, click the Cell Margins button, and then click a cell size margin option: Normal, None, Narrow, Wide, or Custom Margins.

Adjust Row Height and Column Width

1.gif Move the pointer over the boundary of the row or column you want to adjust until the pointer changes into a resizing pointer.

2.gif Drag the boundary to adjust the row or column to the size you want.

Align Text Within Cells, Rows, and Columns

1.gif Select the text you want to align in the cells, rows, or columns.

2.gif Click the Layout tab under Table Tools.

3.gif To align text in a cell, row or column, click one of the alignment buttons in the Alignment group: Align Left, Center, Align Right, Align Top, Center Vertically, or Align Bottom.

4.gif To evenly distribute the height and width of the selected row and columns, select the row or column, and then click Distribute Rows or Distribute Columns.

5.gif To change the direction of text in a cell, select a cell, row or column, click the Text Direction button, and then select an option.

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