Using PowerPoint Tables for Math Printables

October 16, 2016

Using PowerPoint Tables for Math Printables

October 16, 2016
Tips on using tables in PowerPoint to make math printables.

I love making printables for my students in math…but setting up number lines and fractions? Not so much. It can be SO time-consuming to line up all those little textboxes. Since a great deal of our school year involves number lines and fractions, I wanted to find a way to set them up more quickly. 

So I turned to tables! 

Why tables? They make everything lined up perfectly with minimal effort on your part! 
Here are the steps for each…
Create a Number Line with Tables
First, create an arrow line:
Create an easy number line in PowerPoint.
Then, insert a table with 10 columns and one row:
Use tables in PowerPoint to set up a number line.
Change the color of the table to No Fill:

Use tables in PowerPoint to set up a number line.
And click on Inside Borders to create the lines:
Use tables in PowerPoint to set up a number line.

You will also need to click on the Toggle Left and Toggle Right Border to add these lines as well:
Use tables in PowerPoint to set up a number line.

Drag the table over your arrow line:
Using tables in PowerPoint helps to make even spaces on your number line.
The lines in the table should be evenly spaced out (unless they are accidentally shifted) and will save you time in designing all those separate little lines.
And there’s more!
You can use a second table to easily align the numbers on your line! Create a new table, this time with 11 columns and one row:
Using tables in PowerPoint helps to make even spaces on your number line.

(I select the borders again, so I can see this table easily…this will help when you are lining up your numbers to the line).
Select the entire table to format the font type, size, and color. Be sure to center your text as well. Type up your number line, hitting tab each time to jump to the next cell:
Use a table in PowerPoint to line up numbers on a number line.

As in the previous table, the cells should already by evenly distributed…meaning you only have to drag the table into place, everything should be spaced out for you. Once you have the numbers where you would like them, deselect all borders:
Use a table in PowerPoint to line up numbers on a number line.

Use a table in PowerPoint to line up numbers on a number line.
Create Fractions with Tables
So if you like the number line tricks, you’ll LOVE this next one!
Set up a new table with one column and two rows:
Use tables in PowerPoint to write fractions in an easy way.

Make the table white (or choose No Fill). Then click in the first cell. Go to the borders and select the Bottom Border to make the fraction line:
Create a table with one column and two rows in PowerPoint to set up fractions.

Select the font type, color, and size of your choice (once again, be sure to center your text). You can also set the alignment of the numerator to be on the bottom of the cell, so it is closer to the fraction line:
Create a table in PowerPoint to set up fractions.
Adjust the width of your table so the fraction bar isn’t too wide:
Create a table in PowerPoint to set up fractions.

Copy and paste this little table to create other fractions:
And that’s all! 
I hope these little tips will help save you a LOT of time!
Do you have any PowerPoint math tips to share with us?

Using PowerPoint Tables for Math Printables

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