Last updated on April 30th, 2023 at 11:09 am
New tables that you add to a Google Docs document will likely be aligned to the left side of the page.
A lot of document editors won’t care about the alignment or positioning of a table, but you may find that you don’t like the way it looks.
Fortunately, you can learn how to change a table’s alignment if you want it to appear in the middle of the page.
You can center a table in Google Docs by right-clicking on the table and choosing Table properties, then going to Alignment > Table alignment > and select Center.
How to Center a Google Docs Table
- Open the document containing the table.
- Right-click inside one of the table cells, then choose Table properties.
- Select the Alignment option in the right column.
- Click the drop-down menu under Table alignment.
- Choose Center.
Our article continues below with additional information on how to center a table in Google Docs, including pictures of these steps.
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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.
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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.
Some other formatting you might need to adjust is the spacing. Check out our tutorial on how to remove space between paragraphs in Google Docs for some tips.
New Method – How to Apply Center Alignment to a Table in Google Docs (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this section were performed in the version of Google Docs that was available when this article was last updated.
Step 1: Open your Google document.
Step 2: Right-click on the table and choose Table properties.
Step 3: Choose the Alignment option in the Table properties column on the right side of the window.
Step 4: Click the Table alignment menu.
Step 5: Select Center from the list of table alignment options.
Note that you can also choose to Left align or Right align the table if you would prefer.
Now that you know how to center a table in Google Docs, you will be able to adjust the alignment of a document table whenever you need to center it or align it to the left or right side of the page.
The next section details how to perform this change in older versions of the Google Docs application.
If you need to have different sized margins in your Google Docs document, then you can click here to read an article that addresses that setting.
Old Method – 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.
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.
Step 4: Click the OK button to apply the change.
Now that you know how to center a table in Google Docs you might want to change the alignment of the data that’s inside the table cells as well.
The next section provides steps on how to accomplish that.
Our guide on how to center text in Word will show you a few ways that you can do similar alignments in the Microsoft application.
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.
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.
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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, you may be looking for other ways to change the look of the tables in your Google documents.
This guide on how to add more rows to a table in Google Docs will help you to adjust the layout of a table that you have in your document.
Perhaps the easiest way to make a lot of these changes is via the Table Properties window. You can get to 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.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Google Docs Center Table Process
How do I center text in a table in Google Docs?
While you may have used the steps in our guide above when you were trying to figure out how to center a table in Google Docs, you might simply wish to center the text inside one of the cells in your table.
You can make this change by selecting the data that you want to center, then clicking the Center Align button in the toolbar above the document.
You can also center text by selecting the text, choosing the Format tab at the top of the window, then choosing the Align & indent option, then choosing Center.
Can I center text in a cell in Google Docs?
If you need to center some of the text contained within one of the cells in a Google Docs table, then you can center it the same way that you would center text that is in the document body.
1. Select the text.
2. Click the Center Align button in the toolbar.
You can use the same method if you want to left align or right align your text instead.
How do I make a column wider in a Google Docs table?
It’s possible that you have centered the text in one of your table cells but you can’t really tell because there isn’t a lot of empty space on either side of that data.
You can make a column wider and make the centering more noticeable by clicking and holding on the column border, then dragging it to the left or right to expand the column.
The same concept applies if you would also like to make a row taller. You would need to click the row border instead, then drag it up or down.
How do I create a table in Google Docs?
While the steps in our article above assume that you already have a table in your document that you are trying to center, it’s possible that you don’t have that object in position in your document. That’s an important first step of the process, which we discuss below.
You can make a table in Google with the below steps:
1. Choose the spot in the document where you want the table.
2. Select Insert at the top of the window.
3. Choose the Table option.
4. Click the number of columns and rows you want in your table.
If you have a table that you don’t need anymore, then our tutorial on how to delete a Google Docs table can show you how to get rid of it.
Can I put two tables next to each other in Google Docs?
Yes, it is possible for you to place two documents next to each other in one of your documents, but you have to use a sort of workaround to accomplish it.
1. Click Insert, then Table, then the 2 x 1 option.
2. Click inside the left cell.
3. Click Insert, then Table, then choose the dimensions for the left table.
4. Click inside the right cell.
5. Click Insert, then Table, then choose the dimensions for the right table.
If you want to remove the border for the outermost table then just right-click inside one of the cells in the outer table, then choose Table properties.
You can then select the Color section in the right Table properties column, click the Border color button and choose the white color.
Need a text box in your document? Our guide on can you make a text box in Google Docs article will show you how to do this with the Drawing tool.
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