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Toggle Visibility of Table Borders in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to toggle visibility of table borders in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Hiding borders is different than removing borders altogether.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X






While PowerPoint allows you to create tables in various ways, from inserting them with a pre-decided number of rows and columns to something as intuitive as actually drawing your own table, most of the tables you create using either of these two methods will show borders between individual cells. These borders are great and they make the segregation between cells obvious. Yet, what if you don't want to see the border altogether? Let us first understand that not seeing the border is not the same as getting rid of the border altogether, the latter happens when you merge cells, or even when you erase some borders.

However, what if you just want to cosmetically hinder the visibility of the border, as in a border that exists but is not visible. The Border options allow you to make some of table borders visible or invisible for the entire table, or for a bunch of contiguous table cells that are selected. Follow these steps to learn more in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:

  1. Open your presentation and navigate to the slide where your table is located and select it. You can select the entire table, or few contiguous cells as required. Then access the Tables tab (highlighted in red within Figure 1) of the Ribbon. Within this tab, locate the Borders button and click the down-arrow beside this button (highlighted in blue within Figure 1).
  2. Click the down-arrow beside the Borders button
    Figure 1: Click the down-arrow beside the Borders button
  3. This brings up the Borders drop-down gallery as shown in Figure 2.
  4. Borders drop-down gallery
    Figure 2: Borders drop-down gallery
  5. If you look closely at the Borders drop-down gallery shown in Figure 2 above, you will notice that the options arranged in each row specify a particular arrangement of Table Borders. Each of these options is essentially a toggle button. So, clicking it once turns on the Table Borders, and clicking it again will turn them off. Let us explore these options row-wise, as marked in Figure 2, above:
  1. The options within the top row of Borders drop-down gallery get you these results (as marked in Figure 3, below):
    1. Outside Borders: As the name suggests, this option turns on all four outside borders of the selection.
    2. All Borders: This option turns on all borders in a table, except Diagonal borders.
    3. Inside Borders: Turns on only the horizontal and vertical borders within the selection. This option will be available only when multiple cells are selected, or the entire table is selected.
    4. No Borders: Turns off all of the Table Borders from the selection.
  2. Figure 3 shows variations of a table applied with Outside Borders, All Borders, Inside Borders, and No Borders options.
  3. Outside Borders, All Borders, Inside Borders, and No Borders options applied on the same table
    Figure 3: Outside Borders, All Borders, Inside Borders, and No Borders options applied on the same table
  4. The options within the middle row of Borders drop-down gallery get you these results (as marked in Figure 4, below):
    1. Toggle Top Border: Turns on/off the top border of the selection.
    2. Toggle Bottom Border: Turns on/off the bottom of border of the selection.
    3. Toggle Left Border: Turns on/off the border towards left-side of the selection.
    4. Toggle Right Border: Turns on/off the border towards right-side of the selection.
  5. Figure 4 shows variations of a table applied with Toggle Top Border, Toggle Bottom Border, Toggle Left Border, and Toggle Right Border options.
  6. Toggle Top Border, Toggle Bottom Border, Toggle Left Border, and Toggle Right Border options applied on the same table
    Figure 4: Toggle Top Border, Toggle Bottom Border, Toggle Left Border, and Toggle Right Border options applied on the same table
  7. The options within the bottom row of Borders drop-down gallery get you these results (as marked in Figure 5, below):
    1. Inside Horizontal Border: Turns on only the horizontal borders within the selection. This option will be available only when multiple cells are selected, or the entire table is selected.
    2. Inside Vertical Border: Turns on on only the vertical borders within the selection. This option will be available only when multiple cells are selected, or the entire table is selected.
    3. Diagonal Down Border: Turns on the diagonal line connecting top-left and bottom-right corners of each table cell, within the selection.
    4. Diagonal Up Border: Turns on the diagonal line connecting top-right and bottom-left corners of each table cell, within the selection.
  8. Figure 5 shows variations of a table applied with Inside Horizontal Border, Inside Vertical Border, Diagonal Down Border, and Diagonal Up Border options.
  9. Inside Horizontal Border, Inside Vertical Border, Diagonal Down Border, and Diagonal Up Border options
    Figure 5: Inside Horizontal Border, Inside Vertical Border, Diagonal Down Border, and Diagonal Up Border options
  1. Select Border options as required.
  2. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Table Borders: Toggle Visibility of Table Borders in PowerPoint (Glossary Page)

Toggle Visibility of Table Borders in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

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