How To Create a Table in Google Docs

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This article will tell you how to create a table in Google docs. Google Docs enables you to create, edit and collaborate with others on the document. Inserting and editing tables in Google Docs is one of the most straightforward tasks.

Understandably, some users may struggle if they’re coming from Microsoft Word. But don’t worry, we’ll talk about making things happen efficiently. You need to know the size you want your table to be. Let’s insert the table into Google Docs and then edit it using simple step-by-step instructions.

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Creating a Table in Google Docs

Follow these steps to create a table in Google docs: 

  • Open your Google Docs document.
  • Go to the Insert button.
  • Click on the Table option from the drop-down.Inserting-table-in-a-google-docs-document
  • You will have to select the number of rows and columns for your table. The maximum size of the table can be 20*20. All other rows and columns must be annexed afterward if you require more.
  • Your document will have the table added to it.

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Editing Tables in Google Docs

Until recently, there were few ways to edit tables in Google Docs. However, this is no longer the case. Let us see how to do specific edits in Tables on Google Docs. 

Adding Columns or Rows to Your Table In Google Docs

  • Open your Google Document having the Table to edit.
  • Right-click on the table cell where you wish to add column(s) or row(s).
  • From the appearing menu, you can select the suitable option among Insert column left, Insert column right, Insert row above, and Insert row below. To edit your table.Insert-Row-or-column-to-a-table-in-Google-docs

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Deleting Columns or Rows in Your Table In Google Docs

  • Open your Google Document having the Table to edit.
  • Right-click on the cell(s) of the row(s) or column(s) you want to delete.
  • You can select the suitable option among Delete Row and Delete Column from the appearing menu. For example, if you select two cells before the right-click, you may find other options like Delete 2 Rows or Delete 2 Columns.Deleting-Rows-and-column-in-a-table-in-Google-docs

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Deleting a Table in Google Docs

  • Open the Google Document having the Table to edit.
  • Right-click anywhere on the table.
  • From the appearing drop-down menu, select Delete Table.
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Merging Cells in a Table in Google Docs

  • Open the Google Document having the Table to edit.
  • Select the cells you want to merge. The selected will appear highlighted.
  • Right-click on the highlighted cells.
  • From the appearing drop-down menu, select Merge Cells.
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Resizing Columns and Rows in Tables in Google Docs

  • Open the document with the table whose columns and rows you would like to resize.
  • Place the cursor on the gridline of the cell in the row or column that you want to resize. The cursor will transform into a two-sided arrow.
  • Click and drag your mouse until the row or column is in the desired size.
  • If you want all of your table’s rows and columns to be the same size, right-click anywhere on the table and choose either Distribute columns or Distribute rows from the drop-down menu.

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Editing Table Properties In Google Docs

You can edit an existing table in Google Docs by adjusting table properties such as cell dimensions, alignment, border size, and color. Let’s take it one step at a time and go over each property:

Modifying the Dimensions of Rows and Columns for Tables in Google Docs

  • Open the document with the table to edit.
  • Right-click anywhere on the cell you want to modify. 
  • From the appearing drop-down menu, select Table Properties.
  • A side window will appear. Select the suitable option from either Row or Column.
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  • You can add exact dimensions for the row(s) and column(s) you wish for.

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Modifying the Cell Alignment for Tables in Google Docs

  • Open the document with the table to edit.
  • Right-click anywhere on the table and select Table Properties.
  • A side window will appear—select Alignment.
  • You modify the Vertical Cell Alignment as Top, Center, or Bottom on the menu.
  • You can also modify the Table Alignment as Left, Center, and Right. Cell padding and Left Indent can also be modified to the exact values.
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Modifying Table Color for Tables in Google Docs

  • Open the document with the table to edit.
  • Right-click anywhere on the table and select Table Properties.
  • A side window will appear—select Color.
  • You can change the color of the Table Border and the border size of the table lines.
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  • You can also change the color of the cell background.
  • Click OK after making the desired changes.

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Aside from the Table Properties option, you can edit the table directly using the buttons on the menu bar. They are one-step editing tools for the table.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are Google Docs Better Than Microsoft Word?

Google docs are better than Microsoft Word in many aspects. The best part is that Google Docs is entirely free and cloud-based, unlike Microsoft Word, which is primarily used as software. Google docs have all the Valuable features of MS-word and even a lot more. 

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How To Download a Google Docs Document?

To download a Google docs document, head over to the file options in the top left menu bar and click on the download, where you can select from various formats. Once you click on any of those formats, the download starts automatically. 

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Can I Use Google Docs Offline?

You can use Google docs offline. However, to save the progress on a document, you need to connect your computer to the internet or lose all your work. 

Using tables in Google docs can help you organize the information and present it better. It can also help you save time. This article has discussed several methods for adding and editing existing tables in Google Docs. If you found this helpful article, please share it with others.

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