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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. Open a document or a slide in a presentation.
  2. Click Table and then Insert table.
  3. Click to choose how many rows and columns you want to add. Tables can be as large as 20 x 20 cells.
  4. The table will be added to your document.
Add rows or columns
  1. 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. 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. 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. Open a document or presentation.
  2. Click and drag to highlight the cells you want to merge.
  3. At the top, click Table and then Merge cells.To unmerge cells, click the cell and click Table and then Unmerge cells.

Resize and style tables

Resize rows and columns

Resize a row or column

  1. 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. Open a document or presentation.
  2. Right-click a table.
  3. Click Distribute rows or Distribute columns.
Resize a table

Google Docs

  1. Open a document and select all cells.
  2. At the top, click Table and then Table properties.
  3. Under "Dimensions," enter the width and height you want for all highlighted cells.
  4. Click OK.

Google Slides

  1. Open a presentation and click a table.
  2. Move your mouse to any corner of the table.
  3. When your cursor changes to a smaller arrow, click and drag in any direction.
Style individual cells in a table

Google Docs

  1. Open a document or 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 width Border dash
    • Border dash Border thickness
    • Background color Fill

Google Slides

  1. Select the cells you want to change.
  2. In the toolbar, click the style you want to change:
    • Line color Border color
    • Line weight Border dash
    • Line dashBorder thickness
    • Fill color Fill

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