Text in table created from content placeholder cannot be searched in Presenter ‘09

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If you create a table in PowerPoint by clicking the table icon in a content placeholder, you may find that the text in the table is not searchable in Presenter ‘09.

This is a known issue.  You can correct it.  Here’s how:

  1. Select your table in PowerPoint.
  2. Press CTRL+X to cut the table.
  3. Right-click the slide thumbnail image in the left navigation pane, scroll to Layout, and select Title Only.
  4. Then press CTRL+V to paste your table back onto the slide.

When you republish your presentation, you will be able to use the Search tab to find text in your table.