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Chart Data Table Options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn about options used to format Data Tables within charts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X






We already explored why and how you can add a Data Table to your existing PowerPoint chart. A Data Table is a tabular representation of chart data that's placed along with the chart itself, as shown in Figure 1, below. There are of course both pros and cons in using a Data Table -- the pros stem from the fact that all content is available in one place and the cons are mainly because there's very little space left on the slide when you have both a chart and a table. To combat these cons, you may want to explore some advanced options that let you format your Data Table exactly as you want.

A chart with Data Table
Figure 1: A chart with Data Table

You can format this Data Table in various ways such as removing some of the grid lines from the table, formatting the text and gird lines, adding shadow etc. Explore more in the following steps:

  1. Select the chart that already has a Data Table as shown in Figure 1, above. Then, select the Chart Layout tab (highlighted in red within Figure 2) of the Ribbon, and click the Data Table button (highlighted in blue within Figure 2). This opens the Data Table gallery as shown in Figure 2.

    Data Table gallery
    Figure 2: Data Table gallery

    Note: The first three options in the Data Table gallery are explained in our Chart Data Table in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.
  2. Within the Data Table gallery, select Data Table Options, which is the last option (refer to Figure 2 above). This will summon the Format Data Table dialog box as shown in Figure 3.

    Format Data Table dialog box
    Figure 3: Format Data Table dialog box

    Let us explore the options within the sidebar of the Data Table gallery (highlighted in red within Figure 3, above) in the order of their appearance:

    i. Grid: Provides you with various options in the form of check-boxes as shown in Figure 3, above to show/hide the Horizontal, Vertical, and Outline grids within the Data Table. You can also show/hide the legend keys (when this check-box is selected, the color blocks are displayed with the legends).

    ii. Font: Includes options to format the text within the Data Table. When the Font option is selected in the sidebar you can see two tabs within the dialog box, Font and Character Spacing as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4. These options work similarly to what we explain in our Format Text Dialog Box -- Font Options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac and Character Spacing in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorials respectively. In Figure 4 you can see some changes made to the various options within the Font tab.

    Options within the Font tab
    Figure 4: Options within the Font tab

    In Figure 5 you can see the result of the above changes on the Data Table.

    Data Table reflecting the text formatting done
    Figure 5: Data Table reflecting the text formatting done

    iii. Fill: Lets you add a fill behind the text within the Data Table. You can choose from Solid, Gradient, Picture or Texture, or Pattern tabs (highlighted in red within Figure 6). Again, these options work similar to what we explain in our Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial -- although the linked tutorial explains Shape fills, the techniques work the same way for Data Tables too.

    Fill options for the Data Table
    Figure 6: Fill options for the Data Table

    In Figure 7 you can see the effect of selecting a solid fill for the Data Table. Note that Series names doesn't show any fill behind them.

    Data Table reflecting the effect of selecting a solid fill
    Figure 7: Data Table reflecting the effect of selecting a solid fill

    iv. Line: Includes options to format the grid lines within the Data Table as shown in Figure 8. You can select from Solid, Gradient, or Weights & Arrows tabs (highlighted in red within Figure 8) to choose various line formatting options as required. To learn more about how to use these options, refer to our Formatting Lines (and Shape Outlines) in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial. Again, even though the tutorial explains Shape lines, the techniques work for Data Table as well.

    Line editing options for the Data Table
    Figure 8: Line editing options for the Data Table

    Figure 9 shows our sample Data Table after applying some line formatting.

    Data Table with formatted Grid lines
    Figure 9: Data Table with formatted Grid lines

    v. Shadow: You can add a shadow effect to the Data Table and edit the effect as required using the Shadow options that you see in Figure 10. To learn more about how to apply and edit Shadow effect, refer to our Advanced Shadow Effect Options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.

    Options to add and edit Shadow effect to the Data Table
    Figure 10: Options to add and edit Shadow effect to the Data Table

    Figure 11 shows our sample Data Table added with Shadow effect. We have hidden the Grid lines in the sample to make the Data Table look less crowded. Do note that the Shadow effect is applied not to the text but to the box area within which the text is contained.

    Data Table added with Shadow effect
    Figure 11: Data Table added with Shadow effect

    vi. Glow & Soft Edges: Among these two options as shown in Figure 12, Glow option adds a halo of selected color around the Grid lines of the Data Table whereas the Soft Edges effect adds an eaten-up, feathered edge to the fill and Grid lines of the Data Table. Do note that both these effect are applied not to the text but to the box area within which the text is contained.

    Glow & Soft Edges options for Data Table
    Figure 12: Glow & Soft Edges options for Data Table

    Note: Glow & Soft Edges look good only when applied to the slide objects that are large in size, such a picture or a shape. Considering the small size of the text and the Grid lines in a Data Table, it is not a good idea to use these effects because they make your Data Table look too much crowded. If you want to learn more about these two effects, refer to our tutorials Advanced Glow Effect Options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac and Apply Soft-Edges to Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
  3. Select and apply any of the Data Table formatting options as required.
  4. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

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