Using Tables on your presentation slides, you can make your data or other content look organized. Audiences can easily and quickly comprehend the data. Even with all this organization built-in within the tabular structure, tables still need aesthetics. A table on your slide looks good when its rows and columns are arranged and sized in a proper manner, and the table cell content is aligned well. Look at Figure 1 where you can see a table in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows with some very bad arrangement of rows and columns.
Figure 1: Table with bad arrangement of Rows and Columns
One way to solve this issue is distributing the table rows and columns so that they are equally sized and spaced. Follow these guidelines to learn how to distribute rows and columns in a PowerPoint table:
Distribute Table Rows
- Select the entire table or just the rows that you want to distribute. Access the Table Tools Layout contextual tab of the Ribbon, highlighted in red within Figure 2. Then click the Distribute Rows button, highlighted in blue within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Distribute Rows button within the Table Tools Layout tab
- This will equally space and size the selected rows, as shown in Figure 3 (compare with Figure 2).
Figure 3: Table Rows equally distributed
Distribute Table Columns
- Select the entire table or just the columns that you want to distribute. Access the Table Tools Layout contextual tab of the Ribbon, highlighted in red within Figure 4. Then click the Distribute Columns button, highlighted in blue within Figure 4.
Figure 4: Distribute Columns button within the Table Tools Layout tab
- This will equally space and size the selected columns, as shown in Figure 5 (compare with Figure 4).
Figure 5: Table Columns equally distributed
- Save your presentation often.
Table Cells: Distribute Table Rows and Columns in PowerPoint (Glossary Page)