Working with Tables

Use tables in Google Docs to present information visually. In Google Docs tables are both useful and easy to create.

To modify border size:

  1. Right-click anywhere in the table. Select Table properties from the menu that appears.
  2. The Table Properties dialog box will appear. Click the Table border size drop-down arrow, then select the desired size.
    Modifying the border size
  3. Click OK. The new border size will appear in the document.
    Viewing the larger border

To change cell background color:

  1. Select the cell or cells you want to modify.
  2. Right-click and select Table properties from the menu that appears.
  3. The Table Properties dialog box will appear. Click the Cell background color drop-down arrow, then select the desired color.
    Changing the cell background color
  4. Click OK. The new color will be applied to the cells.
    The new cell background color

To modify border color:

  1. Right-click anywhere in the table. Select Table properties from the menu that appears.
  2. The Table Properties dialog box will appear. Click the Table border color drop-down arrow, then select the desired color.
    Modifying the border color
  3. Click OK. The new border color will be applied to the table.
    The new border color

Challenge!

  1. Open our example file. Make sure you're signed in to Google, then click File > Make a copy.
  2. Insert a row at the bottom of the table, and type your name into the first column.
  3. Delete the column with the Monday header.
  4. Select the cells containing Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and change the background color to light blue.
  5. Select all of the cells. Change the horizontal cell alignment to center and the vertical cell alignment to middle.
  6. Make the first row's height larger.
  7. When you're finished, your document should look something like this:
    Tables Challenge Example