Change the look of a table

This article shows you how to apply or change a style, border, or color of a table in your presentation. For example, you can apply or clear a table style (or Quick Style), erase lines from a cell, row, or column, change the border of the table, or change the background color of a table.

What do you want to do?


Apply a new or different table style

A table style (or Quick Style) is a combination of different formatting options, including color combinations that are derived from the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.) of the presentation. Any table that you add has a table style applied to it automatically.

  1. Click the table that you want to apply a new or different table style to.
  2. Under Table Tools, on the Design tab, in the Table Styles group, click the table style that you want. To see more table styles, click the More button Button image.
    Table style thumbnails

When you place your pointer over a Quick Style thumbnail, you can see how the Quick Style affects your table.

 Note   To change the look of text in the table cells or the whole table, choose the options on the Home tab, in the Font group, or the options under Table Tools, on the Design tab, in the WordArt Styles group.

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Clear a style from a table

  • To remove a table style, under Table Tools, on the Design tab, in the Table Styles group, click the More button Button image, and then click Clear Table.

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Erase a line from a cell, row, or column

  1. Under Table Tools, on the Design tab, in the Draw Borders group, click Eraser, or press and hold SHIFT while the Draw Tool is active.

The pointer changes to an eraser Eraser used to draw tables.

  1. Click the line that you want to erase.

When you are finished erasing lines, click outside the table.

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Add or change a table border

  1. Select the table cells that you want to add or change the table border for.
  2. Under Table Tools, on the Design tab, in the Draw Borders group, do one or more of the following:
    • To change the color of the border, click the arrow next to Pen Color, and then click the color that you want.

To change to a color that is not in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Border Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.).

  • To change the weight of the border, click the arrow next to Pen Weight, and then click the line thickness that you want.
  • To change the line style of the border, click the arrow next to Pen Style, and then click the line style that you want.
  1. To apply the color, weight, or line style that you chose in step 2 to the table, do one of the following:
    • While the pointer still looks like a pencil Pencil used to draw tables, click the borders that you want to change.

Under Table Tools, on the Design tab, in the Table Styles group, click Borders, and then click the border option that you want to change.

 Tip   You can use the Eraser to delete borders between table cells. Under Table Tools, on the Design tab, in the Draw Borders group, click Eraser, or press and hold SHIFT while the pointer is a pencil Pencil tool , and then click the borders that you want to delete.

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Add or change the background color of a table

You can add or change the background color for the whole table. The background color appears underneath any fill color that is applied to the table cells.

  1. Click a cell in the table.
  2. Under Table Tools, on the Design tab, in the Table Styles group, click the arrow next to Shading, and then point to Table Background.
  3. Click the color that you want, or to choose no color, click No Fill.

To change to a color that is not shown in the Theme Colors list, click More Fill Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.).

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2013