How to Make a Table Smaller in Google Docs

New tables that you create in Google Docs often take up the entire width of the page. While you have likely found the option to insert a table in Google Docs, it might seem like there isn’t an option to adjust table properties like the size of rows and columns. Fortunately there is a way to make tables smaller in Google Docs by adjusting the column width or the row height.

Google Docs makes it easy to create a table by going to the Insert > Table menu. But a table that you create will take up the entire page, which you may not want.

Fortunately Google Docs has a surprising amount of ways to customize a table in your document, including options to distribute rows or distribute columns, as well as methods to resize a table.

Our guide below will show you how to select the table, modify a setting, and ultimately make a table smaller in Google Docs.

How to Make Tables Smaller in Google Docs

  1. Open the document with the table.
  2. Select all of the table cells.
  3. Right-click on the table, then choose Table properties.
  4. Check the Column width box and enter a width for your columns.
  5. Make any other desired adjustments, then click OK.

Our article continues below with additional information on how to make your tables smaller in Google Docs, including pictures of these steps.

How to Make a Google Docs Table Smaller (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 browsers like Firefox or Edge.

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive and open your Google Docs file.

Step 2: Click on the bottom-right cell and drag to the top-left cell to select the entire table.

select the whole table

Step 3: Right-click inside any table cell and choose the Table properties option.

right-click and choose Table properties

Step 4: Check the box to the left of Column width, then enter the desired width for each column.

check Column width and enter a value

Step 5: Adjust any of the other settings on this menu (for example, you may want to change the table alignment to “Center”), then click the OK button.

You should now have a smaller table that doesn’t take up the entire width of the document, as in the picture below.

how to make a table smaller in Google Docs

More Information on Adjusting Rows and Columns in Google Docs Tables

  • The Table properties menu that you access in the steps above provides you with a number of ways to modify your row or column dimensions, or the appearance of your table. But before you click the Table properties option on the right click menu you will see options to distribute rows or columns, or add and delete a row or column.
  • If your document has an existing table then you will need to select each row or column that you wish to resize. You cannot change column width or row height for an existing table without first selecting the elements you want to adjust.

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