Add and edit tables

You can organize information in a document or presentation by adding a table. You can edit or delete the table at any time.

Add a table

Desktop

To add a table to a document or a slide in your presentation, follow these steps:

  1. Open a document or a slide in a presentation.
  2. Click the Table menu > Insert table.
  3. Drag your cursor over the grid and click to choose the dimensions of the table you'd like to add. You can insert a table as large as 20 x 20 cells.

The table will automatically be inserted in your document.

Android
  1. Open a document.
  2. Touch a section of the document to select where you'd like the table to be.
  3. In the top right, touch the + button.
  4. Touch Table.
  5. Slide the numbers next to "Rows" and "Columns" to choose the number of rows and columns to the table.
  6. Choose Insert table.

Your table will be automatically inserted in the document. Touch back on the document to continue editing.

Note: At the moment, you can't add a table in a presentation from a mobile device.

iOS
  1. Open a document.
  2. Touch a section of the document where you'd like the table to be.
  3. In the top right, touch the + button.
  4. Choose Table.
  5. Touch the arrows next to "Rows" and "Columns" to choose how many rows and columns to add to the table.
  6. Touch Insert table.

Your table will be inserted in the document. Touch back on the document to continue editing.

Note: At the moment, you can't add a table in a presentation from a mobile device.

Edit a table

Add rows or columns

Desktop
  1. Open a document or slide in a presentation.
  2. Right-click a cell in the table.
  3. From the menu, choose from the following options to add a row or column next to the cell you selected:
    • Insert column left
    • Insert column right
    • Insert row above
    • Insert row below

You can also press Tab on your keyboard when you are in the bottom right corner of your table to add an additional row.

Android
  1. Open the document.
  2. Touch the existing table.
  3. To add a row, touch the + button in the bottom left of the table. To add a column, touch the + button in the top-right of the table.

The column or row will be automatically added in the document.

Note: At the moment, you can't edit a table in a presentation from a mobile device.

iOS
  1. Open the document
  2. Touch a cell in the table next to where you want to add the row or column.
  3. Touch the format icon .
  4. Under the "Table" section, choose from the following options to add a row or column next to the cell you selected:
    • Column left
    • Column right
    • Row above
    • Row below

The column or row will be added in the document.

Note: At the moment, you can't edit a table in a presentation from a mobile device.

Delete rows and columns

Desktop
  1. Open a document or a slide in a presentation.
  2. Right-click a cell in your table.
  3. From the right-click menu, choose Delete column or Delete row.
Android
  1. Open the document.
  2. Touch a cell in the row or column you want to delete.
  3. In the menu that appears, touch the overflow icon .
  4. Choose Delete column or Delete row.

Note: At the moment, you can't edit a table in a presentation from a mobile device.

iOS
  1. Open the document.
  2. Select a cell in the row or column you want to delete by touching it.
  3. In the menu that appears, choose Delete column or Delete row.

Note: At the moment, you can't edit a table in a presentation from a mobile device.

Delete a table

Desktop
  1. Open a document or a slide in a presentation.
  2. Right-click a cell in your table.
  3. From the right-click menu, choose Delete table.
Android
  1. Open the document.
  2. Touch a cell in the row or column you want to delete.
  3. In the menu that appears, touch the overflow icon .
  4. Choose Delete table.

Note: At the moment, you can't edit a table in a presentation from a mobile device.

iOS
  1. Open the document.
  2. Touch any cell in the table to select it.
  3. In the menu that appears, choose Delete table.

Note: At the moment, you can't edit a table in a presentation from a mobile device.

Merge cells in a table

You can combine cells together in the table of a document to create titles or header, or to put information from several cells into one.

  1. Open a document or presentation.
  2. Highlight the cells you want to merge.
  3. Click the Table menu.
  4. Select Merge cells.

To unmerge cells, highlight the cell and select Unmerge cells from the "Table" menu.

Note: This feature is currently only available on desktop.

Advanced table editing

Note: Unless specified, the features below are currently only available on desktop.

Resize rows & columns in a document

Desktop
  1. Open a document.
  2. Right-click the table.
  3. Select Table properties.
  4. Next to "Column width" or "Minimum row height", add the size in inches you want your row or column to be.
  5. Click OK.

From the "Table properties" window, you can also choose from the following options for editing the table:

  • Table border color and width
  • Cell background color
  • Cell vertical alignment
  • Table alignment
Android
  1. Open the document.
  2. Touch the existing table.
  3. Touch the format icon .
  4. Go to the "Table" section of the window that appears.
  5. Touch the "Up" arrows next to "Row height" or "Column width" to make the rows or columns of the table larger. Or touch the "Down" arrows to make the table's rows or columns smaller.

The columns or rows will be automatically adjusted in the document. Touch back on the document to continue editing.

iOS
  1. Open the document.
  2. Touch the existing table.
  3. Touch the format icon .
  4. Go to the "Table" section of the window that appears.
  5. Touch the "Up" arrows next to "Row height" or "Column width" to make the row or column larger. Or touch the "Down" arrows to make the row or column smaller.

The columns or rows will be automatically adjusted in the document. Touch back on the document to continue editing.

Resize a table, rows or columns in presentations

To resize a table in a presentation, point your mouse to any of the four corners of the table. When the mouse pointer becomes an arrow, you can resize by dragging inward or outward.

To resize an individual row or column:

  1. Point your mouse to any of the inner borders of a cell in the table. The mouse pointer becomes a two-sided arrow.
  2. Drag the arrow to resize a column or row.

You can also make all the rows or columns of your table the same size:

  1. Click a table within your presentation to select it.
  2. Click the Table menu.
  3. Click either Distribute rows or Distribute columns.

Style individual cells in a table

To style borders of individual cells in a table:

  1. Open a document or a slide in a presentation.
  2. Select the cells you want to change.
  3. In the toolbar, click one of the icons to make changes to the individual cells you selected:
    • Border color
    • Border width
    • Border dash

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