Set Color for Table Borders in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Learn how to set color for table borders in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X
By default, the table borders in PowerPoint take the color from the Theme applied to the presentation. However, you can change this color as required. Not only you can set the table border color for the new tables to be drawn, but also you can change the color of existing table borders. Follow these steps to learn more:
Change the Color of existing Table Borders:
Let us start with changing the table border colors for existing tables:
- Open your presentation and navigate to the slide where your table is located and
select it -- make sure that the
borders within this table are set
to be visible. Access the Tables tab (highlighted in red within
Figure 1) of the
Ribbon. Within this tab, locate the Line
Color button and click the down-arrow beside this button (highlighted in blue within
Figure 1: Click the down-arrow beside the Line Color button
- This opens Line Color drop-down gallery as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Line Color drop-down gallery
The options in Line Color drop-down gallery are explained below, as marked in Figure 2, above -- you'll need to choose any one of these options for the table border:
- Theme Colors: Here you can select any of the colors which are from the active Theme of the presentation.
You can also select any of the 5 tints or shades for any Theme color.
Learn more about Themes.
Standard Colors: You can choose any of the ten standard colors available -- these ten standard colors are just
choices of colors that PowerPoint believes to be widely used. You don't have to limit yourself to either the Theme
Colors or Standard Colors, as we'll show you in the next options, although it's a good design idea to
use Theme colors as far as possible.
- More Colors: This option is to summon the Mac OS X Color picker, as shown in
Figure 3: Mac OS X Color picker
In this Color picker, you can choose any color from the wheel. Then click OK to get back to your slide.
- Theme Colors: Here you can select any of the colors which are from the active Theme of the presentation. You can also select any of the 5 tints or shades for any Theme color. Learn more about Themes.
- If the Draw button (highlighted in red within Figure 4)
does not get selected automatically, do select it now. Your cursor should change to a Pencil icon as shown in Figure 4
(highlighted in blue). And also, you should be able to see your table border color, as
shown highlighted in green within Figure 4. Click this cursor carefully on a
segment of the border between two cells (refer to Figure 4 again).
Figure 4: Cursor changed to a Pencil icon
Note: Make sure you do not click anywhere other than over a table border segment -- otherwise you may end up creating new cells! If that happens, press Command + Z to undo immediately.
- This will change the color of the border segment to the color that you selected earlier within the Line Color
drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 5 (compare with Figure 4).
Figure 5: Border color changed
- Notice that your mouse cursor will continue sporting the Pencil icon. This allows you to continue clicking on all the
border segments of the table. Yes, we know this can be cumbersome -- unfortunately that's what you have to do with existing
table borders -- we do explain a workaround in the box below.
Tip: There is an alternative way to change the color of the borders on the entire table. After you select any color within the Line Color drop-down gallery, click on the down-arrow beside the Border button (highlighted in red within Figure 6). From the resultant drop-down gallery, select the All Borders option as shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6: All Borders option to be selected
This changes the color of table borders on the entire table. To learn more about various Border options, refer to our Toggle Visibility of Table Borders in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.
Once done, click on the slide area outside the table (or just press the Esc key) to change the cursor back to the arrow pointer icon.
- Figure 7 shows our sample table with changed border colors.
Figure 7: Border color changed for the entire table
Set the Table Border Color for the New Tables:
- Select a color for your table borders from the Line Color drop-down gallery, as explained in Steps
1, 2, and 3 in the preceding section.
- Make sure that the Draw button (highlighted in red within Figure 8) is selected and your cursor has changed to a Pencil icon as shown in Figure 8 (highlighted in
blue). You should be able to see your table border color, as shown highlighted in
green within Figure 8.
Figure 8: New table being drawn after setting the border color
- Continue drawing the table as explained in our
Draw Tables in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
tutorial. Figure 9 shows our sample table after we finished drawing, and
distributed rows and columns.
Figure 9: Table drawn with selected border color
- Save your presentation often.
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