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Tables can't be grouped in PowerPoint. Oh but they can in some situations. Why?

Posted on 2016-07-18
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It's always been my understanding that a table cannot be grouped with other objects. But in the back of my mind, I always felt I'd seen cases where it was possible.

So today I received a test deck that has a table grouped with a text box. The sender believes the content is from an old deck. So I went back to PowerPoint 2003 but couldn't group a table with a text box using the PowerPoint UI or VBA.

How is this possible? Are there more than one type of table objects supported in PowerPoint and if so, how can I determine if a table is group able or not using VBA?

The attached file shows the group (rename from .zip to .pptx).

Table-Grouped.zip
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Question by:Jamie Garroch
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They can be grouped if you manually change the XML so noGrp="False"

 <p:nvGraphicFramePr>
          <p:cNvPr id="4" name="Table 3"/>
          <p:cNvGraphicFramePr>
            <a:graphicFrameLocks noGrp="False"/>
          </p:cNvGraphicFramePr>
          <p:nvPr/>
        </p:nvGraphicFramePr>
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by:Jamie Garroch
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Marvellous. So the best way to use VBA to determine if a table can (or cannot) be grouped, is to handle errors when attempting to group a selection that is known to contain one or more tables.
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