How to create a calendar for one month

PowerPoint 2016
For some presentation slides, you might need a calendar as a background picture. For example, when you want to present some events or processes. Sure, there are a lot of existing templates that you can use, but it is easy to create your own calendar from scratch.
Calendar for one month in PowerPoint 365

To create a calendar for one month, do the following:

   1.   Choose the period that you want to show on the calendar. For this example, July 2020 will be shown, consisting of 31 days, from Wednesday to Friday, covering five weeks.

   2.   Create the table of 7 columns (weekdays) and 6 rows (the title row + 5 weeks), do one of the following:

  • On the slide, click the Insert Table icon:
    Insert Table in PowerPoint 365

    In the Insert Table dialog box, enter or select the appropriate number of columns and rows for the table:

    Insert Table dialog box in PowerPoint 365
  • On the Insert tab, in the Table group, click on the Table dropdown list and select as many columns and rows as you need:
    Insert Table list in PowerPoint 365

Any of the mentioned ways to create the table:

Table in PowerPoint 365

   3.   Insert the weekdays in the first row and day numbers in the appropriate cells:

Table with dates in PowerPoint 365

   4.   Change the size of the table, row, or column:

   4.1.   To change the size of the table, just click anywhere on the table and drug-and-drop on the resizing points:

Resize table in PowerPoint 365

It changes the size of the table and resizes all columns or/and rows. They will be changes proportionally:

Resized table in PowerPoint 365

   4.2.   To change the size of some rows or columns, do the following:

    a.   Select rows or columns, which size (sizes) you want to change (select the appropriate column or row, or several columns or rows):

Resize table 2 in PowerPoint 365

    b.   On the Table Layout tab, in the Cell Size group, change the Height or Width of the selected rows or columns as you prefer:

Cell size in PowerPoint 365

    It changes sizes just for selected rows or columns:

Resized table in PowerPoint 365

   5.   Change the design according to your preferences:

   5.1.   To change the design of some cell or several cells:

   5.1.1.   Right-click on the cell you want to change and select the Format Shape... in the popup menu:

Format shape in popup in PowerPoint 365

   5.1.2.   On the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Fill & Line group, in the Fill section, choose the color you prefer:

Format shape pane in PowerPoint 365

You can choose Gradient fill or even Picture to insert in the cell like a background picture:

Calendar with picture in PowerPoint 365

   5.2.   To change the design of the table:

Click anywhere on the table, and then on the Table Design tab, choose the appropriate design in the Table Styles group:

Table Styles in PowerPoint 365
  • by choosing any of the predefined designs,
  • by creating your own design, using different options proposed in the Shading, Borders, and Effects dropdown lists.

Note: If you would like to change the table border color, see How to change color for the table borders in PowerPoint.

See also this tip in French: Comment créer un calendrier pour un mois.

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