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How to Add a Table to PowerPoint in 60 Seconds

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This post is part of a series called How to Use PowerPoint in 60 Seconds (Quick Video Tutorials).
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Tables are an essential way to organize and present data in Microsoft PowerPoint. Let's look at how to add tables in PowerPoint with this quick tutorial.

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Note: In todays tutorial, we make use of the popular Simplicity PowerPoint Template. You can also find more professional PowerPoint templates on GraphicRiver.

How to Add Tables in Your PowerPoint Presentations (Quick Video)

 

1. Insert a Table into PowerPoint

Find the Insert tab at the top of the application. On the left side, click on Table to get started. Once I do this it will go ahead in drop-down and we can select how many rows and columns we want the table to contain.

Insert Table in PowerPoint
Use PowerPoint Insert > Table.

2. Type in Cells to Adjust Your Table

As I hover over the possible grid, PowerPoint will show the size of the table to be inserted. I'm going to insert a five column by five row table. Don't worry if you need to change this and adjust later. 

Now that the table is in PowerPoint, I can click in a cell and type what I want to show in the cell.

Add table cell data to PowerPoint
Add PowerPoint table cell data.

3. Use Layout to Add More Rows or Columns

If I need to add another row or column, I can just click the Layout tab here at the top of PowerPoint. These four buttons allow us to insert a new row or column. I can click Insert Right to insert a new column to the right of where I've selected or Insert Left for a new column to the left of my selection.

I can click Insert Below to add a new row below or Insert Above for a new row just above where my cursor is.

Insert Rows in PowerPoint Table
Insert Rows in PowerPoint Table.

Finishing Up!

Working with tables in PowerPoint is quick and offers good flexibility for presenting your data with. 

Quick PowerPoint Videos (60 Second Tutorials)

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