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How to add and customize tables to a Keynote presentation.
When to use
Some stories are better told in Keynote using a table, especially when we are displaying a series of data points.
Inserting a new table is easy in Keynote.
- simply click on the Table button on the toolbar
- choose the table style you want to add to the canvas
- this will place that new table on your canvas
Regrinding the design of new shapes:
- the style options for new tables may differ depending on the Keynote theme you chose to create your new file with
- if we change our theme at a later time and we haven’t customized our table properties, the table’s style will auto-adjust to the new theme
- we can swipe left and right on the table picker tool to choose variations of our theme’s styles
Using a table in Keynote is very much like working with a spreadsheet. Simply highlight a cell and begin typing.
If you plan on using numerical values in your table, you will be happy to know that you can also use formulas:
- to begin a formula, we would start by typing the “=“ key
- this will indicate to Keynote that we want to use a formula
To add rows or columns to our table:
- click on the circle button at the end of the row header or bottom of the column header
- add or remove rows or columns by using the stepper buttons up or down
Note: we can also insert a row or column by right-clicking on the row header or column header and choosing “Add Row” or “Add Column”
There are two ways to resize the height or a row or the width of a column:
- click and drag the row or column separator to the desired width or height
- highlight the row or column then adjust the width or height using the formatting pane
Changing the color of a cell (or a range of cells) is simple:
- select the cell (or range of cells)
- click on the cell tab on the formatting pane
- expand the fill section and choose your desired fill style and color
Borders can be modified on the formatting pane under the Cell tab:
- select the cell (or range of cells) that you want to add a border to
- select the border of the cell (or range of cells)
- choose the border style on the formatting pane under the Cell tab
Note: because there’s not an option to change the top and bottom border of a cell or range of cells at the same time, we will need to adjust those independently.
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