Bigger and better (?)
Pre '07 versions of PowerPoint limited tables to a maximum of 25 rows and columns. You were able to ungroup the table cells before, but that has been taken away.
"In this release, we have increased that maximum to 75x75 within the UI.
We were able to do this because we made the decision to move away from the metaphor of a table simply being a group of shapes, as it was in previous versions.
This has been one of the largest enabling factors in our performance gains, and as a result, tables are workable at sizes much greater than that of 25x25.
A tradeoff made in order to obtain these gains in performance was the ability to "ungroup" a table.
While this tradeoff means that there are a set of scenarios no longer present, specifically the ability to ungroup a table to animate individual pieces, we feel that the performance gains (not to mention all the other aspects talked about in this section of the blog) along with the ability to use multiple tables and/or shapes in these scenarios will benefit users in a much greater way."
It can still be done:
Workaround for animating a table:
- Right-click the table, choose Save as Picture
- Save as EMF (choose EMF from the "save as type dropdown list)
- InsertPicture, insert the EMF
- Ungroup the EMF twice
- Now regroup the parts you need to animate -- rows, columns, or whatever
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