Last updated on January 16th, 2023 at 09:52 pm
Is there some data or information that you are trying to convey in your document, but paragraphs just aren’t working?
A table can be a good option, and Google Docs provides you with the means to add a table to your document.
Our tutorial below will show you how to insert a table in Google Docs by following just a few short steps.
How to Make a New Google Docs Table
- Open your document.
- Click in the document where you want the table.
- Select the Insert tab at the top of the window.
- Choose the Table option, then click the number of rows and columns you want.
Our guide continues below with additional information on how to insert a table in Google Docs, including pictures of these steps.
You can read our guide on how to change column width in Google Sheets if you have a spreadsheet and want to adjust its layout.
Often when you are working with data that requires a table layout, then a spreadsheet application like Google Sheets is the ideal choice.
But other times your table data might be part of a larger picture that is being presented in a document. Whether that document is for school or work, it’s pretty common to add a table to a variety of document types.
If you are new to Google Docs or simply haven’t had a reason to insert a table into one of your documents before, then you might be uncertain about how to add a table in Google Docs.
Our guide below will show you how to achieve this so that you can display data in a table inside of a document that you are writing or editing.
If you need to put the table on its own page instead of between existing paragraphs, then find out how to add a new page in Google Docs.
How to Create a Table in Google Docs (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser but will also work in other desktop Web browsers like Firefox or Safari.
Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive and open the document.
Step 2: Click at the point in the document where you want to add the table.
Step 3: Select the Insert tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Select the Table option, then click on the number of rows and columns that you want to include in the table.
Now that you know how to add a table to your Google document you will be able to add and format data in new and interesting ways that can be more beneficial to your readers.
If you drag your mouse over that grid of squares it will highlight them in blue, allowing you to specify the number of rows and columns for the table. You can create an initial table with up to 20 rows and 20 columns with this method, but additional rows and columns can be added later.
If you right click on your existing table you will see a handful of additional formatting options that let you do things like add or delete rows and columns, as well as a Table properties option where you can modify the border and height/width of your cells.
Now that you know how to insert a table in Google Docs and format it, you will be able to use this feature to display your data in some new and useful ways.
If you would like to use a ruler to size and position your tables, then read our vertical ruler Google Docs article for more information.
Matt Jacobs has been working as an IT consultant for small businesses since receiving his Master’s degree in 2003. While he still does some consulting work, his primary focus now is on creating technology support content for SupportYourTech.com.
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