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Fills and Effects for Tables in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn about Table Fill and Effects options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X







With the help of tables in PowerPoint you can make your numerical data or other content look organized, and make it easier for your audiences to quickly comprehend this data. You can make this task even more effective by selecting particular cells in the table, or the entire table, and then using Fill and Effects options (highlighted in blue within Figure 1) -- these options are located within the Tables tab of the Ribbon, (highlighted in red) as you can see in Figure 1.

Fill and Effects options within the Tables tab
Figure 1: Fill and Effects options within the Tables tab

Note: If you want to highlight complete rows and columns, you may find using the Header Row and similar options easier -- these are explained in our Table Options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.

Follow these steps to learn how you can alter the look of your PowerPoint tables using Fill and Effects options:

Apply a Fill to the Table (or Selected Cells):

  1. Select the entire table or just the rows that you want to change the fill for. Access the Tables tab of the Ribbon -- locate the Fill button and click the down-arrow beside this button (highlighted in red within Figure 2). This opens the Fill drop-down gallery that you see in Figure 2.

    Fill drop-down gallery
    Figure 2: Fill drop-down gallery

    Within the Fill drop-down gallery you will find six options to change the fill of selected table (or cells). To learn more about these options, refer to the points 4-A to 4-F in our Add Solid Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial -- even though the linked tutorial explains fills to shapes, the options work similarly with table cells.

  2. Select any Fill option to recolor your table (cells). Figure 3 shows selected table cells with a different color fill applied.

    Table cells applied with a fill color
    Figure 3: Table cells applied with a fill color

  3. Save your presentation often.

Apply an Effect to the Table (or Selected Cells):

  1. Select the entire table or just the rows you want to apply an effect to. Access the Tables tab of the Ribbon -- click the Effects button (highlighted in red within Figure 4). This opens the Effects drop-down gallery that you see in Figure 4.

    Effects drop-down gallery
    Figure 4: Effects drop-down gallery

    Let's explore the options within the Effects drop-down gallery, as marked in in Figure 4, above. For more info on these options, refer to the tutorials linked -- even though the lined tutorials explain effects applied to shapes, the options work similarly with table cells.

    1. Cell Bevel: Select this option to apply Bevel effects to the table cells. Even though you have selected the entire table, the Cell Bevel effect gets applied to each and every cell within the selected table. To learn more about this option refer to our Apply Bevel Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.

    2. Shadow: This option is used to apply a shadow effect to the selected table. Even though you have selected few cells within table, the Shadow effect gets applied to the entire table. For more info, refer to our Apply Shadow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.

    3. Reflection: Adds a reflection to the selected table. Again, even though you have selected few cells within table, the Reflection effect gets applied to the entire table. Refer to our Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial to learn more about this option.

  2. Select any Effect option for your table (cells). Figure 5 shows how a shadow effect has been applied to the selected table.
    Table applied with shadow effect
    Figure 5: Table applied with shadow effect

  3. Save your presentation often.

See Also: Shading and Effects for Tables in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

 

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