If you want to display data, pictures or objects in your document, you can use a table. We’ll show you how easy it is to insert a table in Google Docs and edit it the way you want.
The great thing about using a table in Google Docs is that it allows you to display items in a structured way. You may have data that fits best in a table or you may want to display some images neatly.
Whatever your reason, using a table in Google Docs is so easy that it̵
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Insert a table in Google Docs
Go to Google Docs, sign in and open your document or create a new one.
Place your cursor in the document to which you want to add the table. Click Insert> Table from the menu. In the pop-out window, move your cursor over the grid to the desired number of columns and rows and click.
The table will jump to the desired location on your document. If you’re starting to add data right away, check out these Google Docs keyboard shortcuts to navigate your table.
Edit a table in the document
Inserting a table in Google Docs takes no more than a few clicks. Once there, you can change the number of columns or rows, resize them, or add a cell border.
Add or remove columns and rows
You may decide that the table is too big or too small for its purpose. Adding and removing columns and rows is easy.
Go to a cell in the table to which you want to add or remove a column or row. Right click and you will see the Insert and Delete options for both columns and rows in the menu.
You will also notice an option for “Delete table” here, which is good to keep in mind if you decide to delete the table later.
Resize columns and rows
Depending on the size of the items in your table, you may need to resize a column or row.
Place your cursor on the edge of a cell in the column or row you want to adjust. Click when you see the double-sided arrow. You will see the border for that column or row highlighted in blue. Drag that line to resize and let go.
Add a cell border
In addition to changing the table border (which we’ll show you next), you can add borders to certain cells. This allows you to highlight specific cells as needed.
Select the cell and click the small arrow that appears in it.
Choose the placement for the cell border when the small pop-up window appears.
At the same time, the toolbar is converted so that you can adjust the border. Select a color, width, or dashed line for the border.
If you want to change the borders for multiple cells at once, simply select the cells and follow the same steps.
Edit a table in the properties
The other editing options for a table in Google Docs are in the Table Properties setting. So right-click in the table and choose ‘Table Properties’.
Change the table border
At the top left of the Table Properties window are your table border settings. Use the two drop-down lists to select the border color and width.
Select the cell color and alignment
Below the table border, you can add a cell background color using that drop-down list. You can choose from Top, Middle or Bottom for the vertical alignment of the cells.
If you want to apply the cell color and alignment to the whole table, you must select it first. Otherwise, your change applies only to the column or row that you selected.
To select the entire table, drag your cursor through it until the entire table is highlighted (blue).
Then go back to the Table Properties to adjust these cell settings.
Adjust the dimensions and cell padding
If you want to use exact inches for the dimensions of your columns and rows, you can set them under Dimensions. Before making this change, you must first select the entire table (as described above).
Then check the box for “Column width” and / or “Minimum row height” and add the decimal values in inches to the right.
Cell padding works the same way with its values. Enter the number of inches you want to use for the padding. Remember that cell padding is the space between the cell data and the cell border.
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Move the alignment of the table
One final setting you may want to adjust is table alignment. Use the drop-down list in this section of the Table Properties to choose from Left, Center, or Right. If you are using a left-justified table, you can optionally enter a left indent value in inches.
Inserting and editing a table in Google Docs is easy to do and offers a great deal of flexibility. For more information, see how to create a table of contents in Google Docs.
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