Add and edit tables

Organize information in a document or presentation with a table. Edit or delete a table at any time.

Add a table
  1. On your computer, open a document or a slide in a presentation.
  2. Click Insert and then Table and then choose how many rows and columns you want to add.
    • Tables can be as large as 20 x 20 cells.
  3. The table will be added to your document.
Add rows or columns
  1. On your computer, open a document or a slide in a presentation.
  2. Right-click a cell in a table.
  3. To add a row or column next to the selected cell, click:
    • Insert column left
    • Insert column right
    • Insert row above
    • Insert row below
Delete rows and columns
  1. On your computer, open a document or a slide in a presentation.
  2. Right-click a cell in a table from the row or column you want to delete.
  3. From the menu, choose Delete column or Delete row.
Delete a table
  1. On your computer, open a document or a slide in a presentation.
  2. Right-click any cell in your table.
  3. From the right-click menu, choose Delete table.
Merge cells in a table

You can combine cells together to create titles, add headers, or put information from several cells into one.

  1. On your computer, open a document or presentation.
  2. Click and drag to highlight the cells you want to merge.
  3. Right-click and then click Merge cells. To unmerge cells, right-click the cell and then click Unmerge cells.

Resize and style tables

Resize rows and columns

Resize a row or column

  1. On your computer, open a document or presentation.
  2. In your table, move your cursor over the gridline of a row or column.
  3. When your cursor becomes a two-sided arrow, click and drag until the row or column is the size you want.

Make all rows and columns the same size

  1. On your computer, open a document or presentation.
  2. Right-click a table.
  3. Click Distribute rows or Distribute columns.
Resize a table

Google Docs

  1. On your computer, open a document and select all cells.
  2. Right-click and then click Table properties.
  3. Under "Dimensions," enter the width and height you want for all highlighted cells.
  4. Click Ok.

Google Slides

  1. On your computer, open a presentation and click a table.
  2. Move your mouse to any corner of the table.
  3. When your cursor becomes a two-sided arrow, click and drag in any direction.
Style individual cells in a table

Google Docs

  1. On your computer, open a document.
  2. Select the cells you want to change.
  3. In the toolbar, click the style you want to change:
    • Border color Border color
    • Border width Border dash
    • Border dash Border thickness
    • Background color Fill

Google Slides

  1. On your computer, open a presentation.
  2. Select the cells you want to change.
  3. In the toolbar, click the style you want to change:
    • Border color Border color
    • Border weight Border dash
    • Border dashBorder thickness
    • Fill color Fill

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