In Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 and earlier, tables had a maximum size of 25 rows by 25 columns, and since tables were treated as a group (group: A collection of objects that behave as one for the purpose of moving, resizing, or rotating them. A group can be composed of multiple sets of groups.) of shapes, you could ungroup and animate parts of a table.
In PowerPoint 2007, the maximum table size has increased to 75 rows by 75 columns, which makes it impossible to ungroup and animate parts of a table. One of the trade-offs made to support the larger table size was the ability to ungroup a table to animate individual pieces of it. However, you can follow the steps below to mimic the effect of animating parts of a table.
Important This procedure converts tables to drawing objects and removes any effects, such as reflection, cell bevel, shadow, or fills (gradient, picture, and texture) that you applied to the table. If you want to reuse the table later in this presentation or another presentation, you should make a copy of the slide first.
- Click the table, and then on the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Copy.
- In the Clipboard group, click the arrow under Paste, and then click Paste Special.
- Click Picture (Enhanced Metafile), and then click OK.
Enhanced metafile format helps to prevent the pasted table image table from degrading.
- Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Group , and then click Ungroup .
When prompted to convert the picture to a Microsoft Office drawing object, click Yes. For more information about the conversion process, click Show Help.
- Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Group , and then click Ungroup .
- Press and hold CTRL while you click the parts of the table that you want to animate, and then in the Arrange group, click Group , and then click Group in the drop-down list.
- On the Animations tab, in the Animations group, click Custom Animation.
- In the Custom Animation task pane, click Add Effect, and then do one or more of the following:
To specify how to apply the effect to your shape, right-click the custom animation effect in the Custom Animation list, and then click Effect Options.
On the Effect and Timing tabs, click the options that you want to use.
- To make the shapes enter with an effect, point to Entrance, and then click an effect.
- To add an effect (such as a spin effect) to the shapes, point to Emphasis, and then click an effect.
- To add an effect that makes the shapes leave the slide at some point, point to Exit, and then click an effect.
- To add an effect that makes a shape move in a specified pattern, point to Motion Paths, and then click a path.
Tip If you don't want to convert the table to a picture to animate it, you can create separate tables for each part that you want to animate. For example, if you want the data in a table to fly in separately from the header row of the table, then the first table should contain the header row information and the second table should contain the data. Align the left sides of the two tables and the bottom of the first table (header row) with the top of the second table (data) to make them appear as a single table. Then apply animations separately to the two tables to achieve your desired effect.
Two separate tables not aligned
Two tables aligned to appear as one