Ways to Animate Table in PowerPoint

Animations are the most creative part of any presentation. It literally brings the elements of a presentation to life and makes it more interesting to follow.

To animate tables in PowerPoint, add rectangular text boxes on top of the respective cells and then animate those text boxes.

In the menu ribbon located at the top of the screen, click on the “Insert” tab. In the “Illustrations” group of the “Insert” menu, click on the “Shapes” option. Then select the rectangle shape from the dropdown menu.



The next step is to draw the rectangle over the table. Drag the cursor in a way that the first cell, row, or column of the table is hidden under the rectangle shape.

Step-3: Repeat the process

Now you have to repeat the first two steps for each cell, column, or row of the PowerPoint table. Insert a shape over each table entry until the entire table is hidden.


Select the first shape and then click on the “Animations” tab. Click on the “Animation” gallery and select your preferred animation style from the “Exit” section of the dropdown list.

Step-5: Animate each shape

Finally, you have to repeat the fourth step for each shape successively. You will see the numbers appearing by each shape to indicate when the animation will appear during the presentation.

Method 2 – Ungroup the Table

Step-1: “Right Click” on the table and select the “Cut” option. Alternatively, you can press the “Ctrl+X” keys on your keyboard to cut the table.

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