How to Center a Table in Google Docs

Making objects in a document look good is an important aspect of how your readers perceive that document. This can include things like properly cropping or editing an image, or it can mean aligning objects properly on the page. So you may be wondering how to center a table in Google Docs if you want to make it look better.

When you add a table to a document in Google Docs, that table is aligned to the left side of the page by default. Unfortunately, this may not present the look that you are trying to convey in your document, and you would prefer for the table to be center on the page.

You can center a table in a Google document by right-clicking in the table, choosing Table properties, clicking Alignment at the right side of the window, then clicking Table alignment and choosing Center.

Not only does this Table properties menu provide you with ways to center the entire table, it also gives you a number of other settings that you may have been looking for that allow you to change the layout and look of your table.

The main sections of this article will focus on the table centering element for a table in your document, and whether or not it will provide you with the desired centering effect that you have been looking for.

Fortunately, it is possible to make this adjustment by using the Table properties menu for that table. Our tutorial below will show you where to find this menu so that you can center your Google Docs table.

How to Center a Table in Google Docs

  1. Open the document containing the table.
  2. Right-click inside one of the table cells, then choose Table properties.
  3. Select the Alignment option in the right column.
  4. Click the drop down menu under Table alignment, then choose the Center option.
  5. Click the OK button to apply the change.

Our article continues below with additional information on centering a table in Google Docs including pictures of these steps.

How to Center Align a Google Docs Table (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser but will also work in other desktop Web browsers like Firefox or Edge.

Step 1: Sign in to your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com and open the document containing the table that you wish to center.

Step 2: Right-click inside any of the table cells, then choose the Table properties option.

right-click the table, then choose Table properties

Step 3: Click the dropdown menu under Table alignment, then click Center.

In newer versions of Google Docs the “Table properties” window is actually now a column at the right side of the window, and you can change the Table alignment setting by expanding the “Alignment” section in that column.

how to center a table in Google Docs

Step 4: Click the OK button to apply the change.

apply the change to the table

How to Center Align Data in a Google Docs Table

If you wish to center align all of the data inside your table cells as well, then click and hold on the bottom-right cell, then drag your mouse to the top-left cell to select each cell. You can then click the Center align button in the toolbar.

how to center all cells in Google Docs table

All of the data in your table should now be in the middle of the table cells, so you can continue to use this method whenever you need to know how to center text in table in Google Docs.

Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about this Google Docs center table method, as well as other ways that you can affect the display and appearance of a Google Docs table.

More Information on Google Docs Table Centering and the Table Properties Window

While the steps we outlined above provided you with ways to center an entire table in a Google Doc when you already have an existing table,y ou may be looking for other ways to change the look of the tables in your google documents.

perhaps the easiest way to make a lot of these changes is via the Table Properties window. You can get to the this menu by right-clicking in a table cell, then choosing the Table properties option.

This opens a new “Table Properties” column at the right side of the window, which is effectively the Format menu for any tables that you have added to your document. Here you will find a number of different options, including:

  • Minimum row height
  • Pin header row
  • Allow row to overflow across pages
  • Column width
  • Cell vertical alignment
  • Table alignment
  • Left indent
  • Cell padding
  • Table border color
  • Table border width
  • Cell background color

Note that the right-click menu where you found the Table properties option includes most of the other settings that you need to adjust the layout of your table, including things like:

  • Insert row above
  • Insert row below
  • Insert column left
  • Insert column right
  • Delete row
  • Delete column
  • Delete table
  • Pin header up to this row
  • Sort table
  • Distribute rows
  • Distribute columns
  • Table properties
  • Insert link

Are the columns in your table all different sizes, and it doesn’t look very good? Find out how to make all columns the same width so that you don’t have a couple really thin or wide columns in the table.

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