What is the most convenient way to shrink a table to fit in a beamer slide?

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    I'd point out that large tables are not usually a good idea in presentations, so before you simply cram in lots of numbers do think about the point you are aiming to achieve.
    – Joseph Wright
    Nov 8, 2010 at 5:51

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Besides adjusting the font size such that it fits:

  • You could use tabularx to fit the table to the slide by using automatically expanding columns

  • Or you could use \resizebox of the graphicx package to scale a complete table/tabular environment to match the slide width or height.

  • The downside of \resizebox is that if you have a landscape page and use longtable package, the table gets flipped and is rendered useless. At least that was my case. Good tip, though. Dec 12, 2010 at 15:03
  • \resizebox \r \resizebox does not work for me; I'm using TeXnicCenter. There have to be a way to improve on including tables, none of the solutions given above work. Dec 13, 2011 at 22:04
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    @RomanLuštrik: in the context of a presentation, having a side-way table would be somewhat... odd. Dec 13, 2011 at 22:40

Use \small or \tiny after the \begin{table}

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    You mean after \begin{table}? Most likely, in a presentation one will use a table without putting it as a float. In that case, but \small etc before \begin{tabular} and enclose it in a group.
    – Aditya
    Nov 8, 2010 at 6:48
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    As far as I know the »beamer« class defines its own non-floating table (and figure) environment. Nov 8, 2010 at 8:16
  • +1 also got it working adding \huge between \begin{table} and \begin{tabular} Dec 1, 2010 at 0:48

I had the same problem. The problem is solved by using the following:



Number 5 is fixed.

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