Including tables in a document is a good way ot present data that would otherwise be difficult to read in list or paragraph form.
But it’s pretty common to misjudge the number of rows or columns you will need in your table, which will mean that you need to know how to add a row to a table in Google Docs.
Luckily there are a handful of table editing tools in Google Docs, including one that lets you perform this action.
Our Google Docs insert text box article can show you how to include a text box in your document if that is something else that you would like to do.
How to Insert Another Row in a Google Docs Table
Use these steps to add rows to a table in Google Docs.
Step 1: Open the document.
Go to https://drive.google.com to access Google Drive.
Step 2: Click in the row above or below where you wish to add a new row.
You can add rows above or below the selected row.
Step 3: Right-click on the selected cell.
Step 4: Choose “Insert row above” or “Insert row below”.
When you initially create a table in a document, you may have an idea of what that table’s data will entail. Unfortunately you may discover than you need to add more data, or that you would like to include a header row that you had forgotten about. Perhaps you even need to make your document wider and add some more columns.
If you’re using Microsoft Excel and need to be able to filter your data, then the steps in our create table in Excel guide can help you out.
While certain settings in your document will be easier to fix than some, such as when you need to change Google Docs line spacing, other options can be a little difficult to find.
Fortunately, you don’t need to delete the existing table and re-create it, as Google Docs provides some tools that allow you to modify a table’s layout. Our tutorial below will show you how to add a row either above or below an existing row in Google Docs.
Our guide on how to share in Google Docs, Slides, or Sheets can help you if you have been trying to let others view or edit your files.
How to Insert an Additional Row in a Google Docs Table (Old method)
The steps in this section were for an older version of Google Docs. These steps for adding rows no longer apply.
The steps in this article assume that you already have a table in your Google Docs document, and that you wish to include an additional row in that table. If you don’t already have a table, you can see how to insert a table in Google Docs, which you can then add an additional row to by following the steps below.
Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open the document containing the table to which you want to add an additional row.
Step 2: Click inside the table so that it is active. If there is already data in the table and you want to add the row to a specific location in the table, then click in a row that is either above or below the location where you want the new row.
Step 3: Select the Table tab at the top of the window, then click the Insert row above or the Insert row below option, based on whichever option you need.
Our tutorial continues below with more information on how to add a row to a table in Google Docs.
If you often include data in your documents, then you may also be interested in our guide on how to do subscript in Google Docs.
Frequently Asked Questions About How to Add More Rows to a Table in Google Docs
How do I add a table in Google Docs?
Select where you want the table, then click the Insert tab at the top of the window, choose the Table option, then select the number of rows and columns for the table.
How do I add columns to a table in Google Docs?
Click inside a cell next to where you wish to add rows, then right-click on the selected cell and choose the Insert column left or Insert column right option.
How do I delete rows or columns in Google Docs?
Click inside a cell in the row or column you wish to delete, then right-click on the cell and choose the Delete row or Delete column option.
Note that when you select Delete row or Delete column, it will delete whichever range your mouse cursor is currently in.
How do I change column width or row height in Google Docs?
Right-click on the table and choose Table properties, then adjust the Column width and Minimum row height settings as needed.
How do I delete an entire table from my Google document?
If you would like to get rid of an entire table in your document then you can right-click on one of the cells in the table, then choose the Delete table option.
You can read our how to delete a table in Google Docs guide for more information.
Our guide continues below with additional discussion about how to add a row in Google Docs.
More Information About How to Add Another Row to a Table in Google Docs
While the steps in this guide have focused mainly on how to include a table row in an existing table, you might also need to know how to add an entire table.
You can do this by clicking the Insert tab at the top of the window, then selecting the Table option from the dropdown menu, and choosing the number of rows and columns that you want to include in that table.
I am making a table with three rows and three columns in the picture below.
You will notice when you right-click on your table that there is a Table properties option as well. If you select Table properties you will have some additional options for editing your table, including:
- Cell vertical alignment – You will find this on the Alignment tab
- Cell background color – This is found on the Color tab
- Column width – You will find this on the Column tab
- Minimum row height – This is on the Row tab
There are also a few other options that you can use to edit tables on this menu, which you can find by expanding the sections in the Table properties column.
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