Custom table styles in PowerPoint

If you’re familiar with Word tables, you probably know that you can create custom table styles. These can be applied to any new table to format them in a variety of ways. They’re not perfect, but having a brand style for tables helps the user to stay with the intended design. PowerPoint doesn’t have such a facility, so the user normally applies either one of the Microsoft-supplied ones, or manually edits each table to suit, which is probably a little more time-consuming than they would like.

For this reason, we looked at the internal structure of PowerPoint, which we edit from time to time, to see if there was a way to add custom table styles. Apparently, there is.

Once we’d worked out how a custom table could be included, we developed an application to allow us to specify the fills and line weights, either using the custom colour palette, or as defined Hex values. For new brand projects, we can now create and supply table formats that align to the new brand style for PowerPoint as well as Word.

If you’d like to discuss your own requirements, or a branding project you are working on, give us a call.

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