Create Fancy Tables in PowerPoint

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Learn to create fancy PowerPoint tables. Follow our simple step by step instructions to create these interesting tables for your business presentations.

Quick word about fancy tables in PowerPoint:

Tables in PowerPoint are usually boring. There are times when you want your tables to look more interesting than the usual stack of boxes. Here are some interesting variations of tables you can create in PowerPoint:

Fancy Tables in PowerPoint

You can use these tables in your product brochures or sales pitch books. Let us learn to create these tables in a step by step way.

Step 1: Create the basic chart

Go to ‘Insert’ tab in PowerPoint ribbon and click on the ‘Table’ option. Insert it with the dimensions you need. Go to ‘Design’ tab and choose a style you like. We chose a basic style in the following example:

Basic Table Inserted in PowerPoint

 Unfortunately there is no direct option available in PowerPoint to convert this stiff looking table into a cool looking table with rounded corners. So, we need to do a bit of workaround to get there.

Step 2: Break the table down

Click on the table and ‘Cut’ it. Go to ‘Paste’ tab and choose Paste special -> Picture (Windows Metafile). Once done, right click on the picture and ungroup twice. This will break the grouped items down to its individual components.

Breakdown the table

Step 3: Change the shape of the cells

The final step is to change the shape of the cells in the table. Since each of the cells is an auto shape, you can select the rectangles and go to Format -> Edit shape -> Change shape -> Oval or Diamond to suit your needs. The result will be as follows:

Fancy Table Final

Variations of the fancy PowerPoint table:

You can choose to highlight just the negative numbers by changing the fill color as shown below:

Negative Numbers highlighted in Table

 You can choose to highlight a certain column if you need to:

Highlighted Column in a Chart

 The variations you can come up with are limited only by your imagination.

Related: Conditional Formatting of Charts

Smarter option for business presenters:

With a bit of imagination, creativity, skill and time you can take your business graphics to the next level. While many presenters may have the imagination and creativity, they may not have the time to refine their diagrams and graphics to a professional level.

That is why we came up with our ‘PowerPoint 2 CEO packs Bundle. It contains CEO packs Volume 1 and 2 that have more than 1600 premium charts, graphs, graphics and diagrams to help you visualize every business idea imaginable. Just choose the template that matches your thought and replace the sample text with your own text. Your business slides get ready in no time. Creating professional quality business slides has never been easier.

Browse Gallery of PowerPoint charts and diagrams CEO Pack

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