Box Tables now available in PPT Productivity


Many of our McKinsey alum customers are accustomed to using Box Tables, aka Marvin Tables. Box tables are tables made up of a series of text boxes rather than standard PowerPoint Tables. We were asked to include shortcuts for creating box tables. From the feedback we’ve been getting, many of our other customers also love using box tables given the extra flexibility in formatting that's possible.

PPT Productivity has a Deconstruct Tables into Text Boxes feature, which lets you convert a PowerPoint table into text boxes. There's also a Create Table from Text Boxes feature which lets you convert a text box table into a standard PowerPoint table.

In addition, there is a Box Table template gallery in the PPT Productivity Slide Library. The Box Table template gallery contains a number of common Table layouts created using text boxes, rather than the standard PowerPoint table format. PPT Productivity users on the Free trial or a purchased Power tools license already have access to download galleries for easy reuse, including the Box table template gallery.

PPT Productivity Box Table Template Gallery

Using the Box Table template gallery is easy! Find the layout you need by either scrolling through the more than 60 Box Table designs, by using Slide Library search or via Keyboard Shortcuts. Simply click the image of the box table template required. The selected Box Table template will be pasted onto your slide instantly. Your presentation template's colors will be applied automatically when the table is pasted into your presentation (make sure ‘apply source formatting’ at the bottom of the Shape Library panel is unchecked). 

The new Box Table template gallery is available in both 16:9 widescreen and 4:3 slide size layouts. It's available for all PPT Productivity Power Tools users including those using the free 30 day trial.

To download the Box Tables gallery, simply click the ‘Select Galleries’ button at the top of the Slide Library toolbar. This will launch the ‘Filter Galleries’ dialogue box. Click the ‘Download New Galleries’ button. There you will see the list of available PPT Productivity shape galleries to download. Check the box next to ‘Box Tables – Widescreen’ (for 16:9 slide size) or ‘Box Tables’ (for 4:3 slide size) and hit ok. The new Box Table gallery will download in seconds and be available in your Slide Library for immediate use.

Tip - if you only ever work with one slide width, simply deselect the other format using the Select Galleries... button. This will remove non preferred sizes from display in your Slide Library (they will be hidden not deleted, so you can add them back if ever needed).

Don’t forget – you can also save your own preferred box table layouts or any other slide or shape for easy access via the Slide Library. Learn more about downloading slides and shapes to your Slide Library

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