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I've got a slide in PowerPoint 2007 containing a table with several rows.

I'd like to build this slide one row at a time (so that the audience doesn't see each row until I'm ready to talk about it).

I haven't been able to figure out how to do this... whenever I try to create any kind of animation, the animation applies to the whole table. I'd like it to apply one row at a time.

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Same here, unfortunately MS Power point have "problems" with tables. Dumb Power point! – Pedro77 Nov 4 '15 at 18:23
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I would start with the final slide and work my way backward.

Create your finished table on a slide and then copy that slide and paste it before your finished table slide.

Delete a row from the table, and then copy that slide and paste it before the current one, etc.

As you go forward it looks somewhat animated (no flashy effects though) as you add one row at a time

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I agree with creating your final slide and working backward. I re-created the table in another slide as a vertical series of 1-row tables (each 1-row table slightly below the next). It took a little time to get each row even, but I could then add the animation to each row because they are actually separate tables. – user88348 Jun 30 '11 at 19:04

This article over at office.microsoft.com looks like it should achieve what you want, albeit via a slightly hacky method! (Copy and Paste special the table, in order to ungroup the table cells and animate them individually).

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So I think the Office answer is incredibly weak. My solution was a bit more simple (and in my view, more elegant). I copied my table, and in the copy deleted all the content except the column headers. In the other copy, I removed the header row, removed all cell formatting, and set transparency to 100%.

I then made a copy of this transparent table, deleted rows 2 through n where n is the total number of rows of data), moved that row into the proper position, and then deleted row 1 from the source table. I then copied the source table again, and repeated this until I had my entire table constructed, with each row it's on single, transparent table sitting on top of the formatted shell table.

Now I can build the empty table and then pop in each row of content via animation--and my table isn't broken into a bunch of tiny (un-editable) image fragments like it is in the Microsoft solution.

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