While drawing tables, you might have noticed that the table borders are thin with just 1pt. weight (thickness). And truly speaking, you may not need to change that value most of the time. However, if you do want to change the weight of table borders, you do so in the same way as you change their color or line style. Your table borders can be of any weight starting from 0.25 pt. to 6pt., and no higher. Even 6 pt. is very thick for a table border, so it does pay to be careful, just to make sure that your table borders don't look too blocky, or even distract from the content within the table.
Follow these steps to learn how you can change the weight of table borders in existing and new tables in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:
Change the Line Weight of Existing Table Borders:
Let us start with changing the line weight of borders within 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, click the Line Weight button (highlighted in blue within Figure 1).
Figure 1: Line Weight button
- This opens Line Weight pop-up menu containing various weight options for table borders, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Line Weight pop-up menu
- Select any line weight for your table border by clicking on the value you prefer. You will see a tick mark in front of the selected value, as shown in Figure 2, above.
- Now the Draw button (highlighted in red within Figure 3) will be selected as a direct result of the cursor turning into a Pencil, as shown in Figure 3 (highlighted in blue). You should be able to see your table border line weight, as shown highlighted in green within Figure 3. Click this cursor carefully on a segment of the border between two cells (refer to Figure 3 again).
Figure 3: Cursor changed to a Pencil icon
- This will change the thickness of the border segment to the line weight that you selected earlier within the Line Weight pop-up menu, as shown in Figure 4 (compare with Figure 3).
Figure 4: Border line weight 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. We do explain a workaround in the box below.
- Tip: There is an alternative way to change the thickness of the borders on the entire table. After you select any line weight within the Line Weight pop-up menu, click on the down-arrow beside the Border button (highlighted in red within Figure 5). From the resultant drop-down gallery, select the All Borders option (or another suitable option) as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: All Borders option to be selected
- This changes the thickness 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 6 shows our sample table with changed line weight of border.
Figure 6: Border line weight changed for the entire table
Set the Table Border Line Weight for the New Tables:
- Select a line weight for your table borders from the Line Weight pop-up menu, as explained in Steps 1, 2, and 3 in the preceding section.
- Make sure that the Draw button (highlighted in red within Figure 7) is selected and your cursor has changed to a Pencil icon as shown in Figure 7 (highlighted in blue). You should be able to see the selected table border line weight, as shown highlighted in green within Figure 7.
Figure 7: Border line weight set for the new table
- Draw a table as explained in our Draw Tables in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial. Figure 8 shows our sample table after we finished drawing, and distributed rows and columns. Note that our sample table sports thick outer borders and thin cell borders within.
Figure 8: Table drawn with various border line weights
- Save your presentation often.
Table Borders: Set Line Weight for Table Borders in PowerPoint (Glossary Page)