Populate Tables with Content in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Learn how to populate table cells with content you type (or paste from the Clipboard) in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Once you insert a new table on your PowerPoint slide, probably the very next task you would want to do is to fill the cells with required content. There are more than one of ways in which you can populate your table with content in PowerPoint 2013. In this tutorial we'll explore these ways -- let us start with exploring the ways to navigate from cell to cell within a table:
- In a table, click on a particular cell to select it.
- You can use the Up, Down, Left, and Right arrow keys to move between table cells.
- Pressing the Tab key will take you to the next cell in the row within a Table.
- When the last cell in a row (which is not the last row) is selected, pressing the Tab key will take you to the first cell in the next row.
- If you press the Tab key being at the cell positioned at the bottom-right corner (last row, last cell) in the table, you will end up adding a new row to your table.
Now, let us explore the ways to populate the table cells with content:
- Type the content directly into your Table cells: Position the cursor on the table cell within which you want to enter
the data, and left-click the mouse. This will place an insertion point in the table cell, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 1. Then, just start typing the content.
Figure 1: Click within the Table cell to bring up the insertion point
- Copy the content and paste into the Table cells: You can copy the content from somewhere else and then paste it
into the table cell at the insertion point.
- Take the content created outside PowerPoint and use it as PowerPoint Table: If you have table content created
outside PowerPoint, you can use it within PowerPoint as a Table. To learn more, explore our
Import Tables in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows tutorial.
After populating the table with the content, you can summon the
Mini Toolbar and format the table content as required using
the text formatting options within this Mini Toolbar, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 2, below.
Figure 2: Mini Toolbar options for text within table
Make sure to save your presentation often.
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