Table Alignment in Google Docs

January 13, 2014 Appirio

By Olya Schaefer

Table alignment in Google Docs has gotten a lot easier! If you have been a long time Google Docs user, you may have given up on shifting table alignment, or perhaps learned to resort to tables within a table to accomplish this visual effect. But no longer! Now you can easily align your tables and create the desired layouts.

Layout and alignment may seem minor, but it’s all a part of professional presentation. Who hasn’t been witness to an unsuccessful presentation where images ran into each other, charts floated outside margins, or tables overlapped with text? So, while not as extreme, inability to align tables created a less polished document. Readers who may not be aware of the previous limitation may have wondered, “Why didn’t they just align the table, this would have looked so much better!” And now, you can!

Simply insert a table into your document by selecting “Table” from the upper menu bar, choose “Insert Table” and decide on a number of rows and columns. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure, you can always delete and insert rows and columns later.

Google docs

Once a table appears on your document, click into a cell in the table. Then select “Table” again from the top menu bar, and scroll down to the “Table Properties…” option.

google docs

Select the “Table alignment” option that you prefer.

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You can adjust the width and height of the table’s cells, and this way use the alignment feature to place the table anywhere you like on the document.

Unfortunately, you cannot wrap text around a table in a Google Doc. There are several ways to work around this limitation, including a free add-on plug in Awesome Capture: Screenshot and Annotation tool available from the Chrome Web Store. This tool allows you to capture the table and insert it into the text of the document to create a wrapping effect.

So, now you can align tables to add a little more polish to your Google docs! You now have the ability to use table alignment to create a balanced layout and professionally present information.

Olya Schaefer is a Project Manager with Appirio. She has worked on small, medium and large-scale Google Apps deployments for 2 years and greatly enjoys introducing people to the benefits of being in the Cloud.  Olya can be contacted at with questions regarding this blog post or to learn more about Google Apps.


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