How to Add a Column to a Table in Google Docs

When you create a table in Google Docs you often have a good idea of the amount of information that table might need. But it’s possible that you will need to learn how to add a column to a table in Google Docs if you want to show more.

The table editing tools in Google Docs provide you with a lot of ways to customize the way the table looks. Whether you want to edit the border, adjust the size of the cells, or adjust the alignment of the data in the table, you have options to do so.

But if you haven’t worked with tables in Google Docs very often, or if you haven’t had a reason to try and edit tables in the application before, then it may be difficult to find all of those options.

Our guide below will show you how to insert a new column in your Google Docs table so that you can modify the layout of your existing table data.

How to Add a Column to a Table in Google Docs

  1. Open your document.
  2. Click inside a column to the left or right of where you want the new column.
  3. Right-click on a cell in that column, then choose the desired insert column option.

Our article continues below with more information on adding columns to Google Docs tables, including pictures for these steps.

How to Insert a Google Docs Table Column

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 Safari.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open the document with the table.

Step 2: Click inside a cell in the column that is to the left or right of where you want to add the new column.

click inside a cell in your table

Step 3: Right-click in that cell, then choose the Insert column left or Insert column right option.

how to add a column to a table in Google Docs

You can also add columns to your table by selecting the Format tab at the top of the window, choosing Table, then clicking the desired column insertion option.

Table columns can be removed in a similar manner as well.

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