17. Table

Using the table element you can insert a table that will be automatically resized and positioned on your slide.

You can link a think-cell table to an existing Excel worksheet, either by creating a think-cell table in PowerPoint directly from the think-cell ribbon in Excel or by connecting an existing table to an Excel range. In both cases, the table will appear in the Data Links dialog together with all linked charts. See Creating a table from Excel for more information.

Inserting a table
Setting the size and position of a table
Formatting a table

17.1 Inserting a table

To insert and place a table on your slide, choose image  Table from the Elements menu. All tables in think-cell are data-driven, so they have the same internal datasheet as think-cell charts. It is openend automatically after you insert a table:


To open the datasheet again later, double-click any table cell.


Whenever you change or add data, your think-cell table will reflect this. You do not need to manually add additional columns or rows.


17.2 Setting the size and position of a table

Your table will be resized automatically based on its contents and placed on the slide automatically based on other think-cell elements on the slide. A table is made up of think-cell text boxes. In addition to changing the table's datasheet, you can also insert, delete, duplicate and move cells and whole columns and rows as described in Text boxes.

To override the automatically determined size and position of the table, you can resize the table by holding down the Ctrl key and dragging and fix its position by using the locks (see Setting a fixed size or locked position of elements).

17.3 Formatting a table

You format a table like any other think-cell element by changing the font and font colors and setting a table cell background fill (see Formatting and styling). To format a whole column or row, use multi-selection with the lasso or the Shift and Ctrl keys (see Multi-selection).

The alternate row colors feature is especially useful for tables. To set alternate row colors:

  1. Select all rows that should alternate between colors.
  2. Choose Horizontal Stripes from the alternate colors control. image
  3. The think-cell toolbar now includes two fill color controls instead of one. Use them to set the colors the rows should alternate between. image