How to Center a Table in Google Docs [An Easy 2024 Guide]

| | March 20, 2024

Centering a table in Google Docs is a simple yet essential formatting technique that can enhance the visual appeal and organization of your documents. 

Whether you're creating a report, a presentation, or any other type of document, centering your table can make it stand out and improve readability.

You may have noticed that when you insert a table in Google Docs, it is aligned to the left by default.

Here is a quick step-by-step guide on how to center a table in Google Docs.

Let's get started.

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How to Center a Table in Google Docs

How to Center a Table in Google Docs?

Here is a step-by-step method to create and center a table in Google Docs.

Step 1: Open a New Document in Google Docs

Open Google Docs in your browser by visiting this link - https://docs.google.com. Now, click on Blank document to create a new document.

Open Blank Document in Google Docs

A blank document will be created. Now, click on Insert >> Table, now select the number of columns and rows that you want in your table.

In the below screenshot you can see that I have selected 4 columns and 5 rows for my table.

Insert a Table in Google Docs

After inserting a table in Google Docs you can see that the table is already center-aligned. Thus, there is no need to again set the align of the table to center.

Table in Google Docs

However, the problem arises when you copy a table from other sources like Microsoft Word or other word processors.

When you copy and paste a table from any of the above sources, you may see that the table is left-aligned as shown in the below screenshot.

Left Aligned Table

Many a times I have seen that people in order to center the table they select the content of the table and click on the Align tab from the toolbar and select Centre align.

Select Table Google Docs

However, this only centre-align the text of the table. The table itself remain left-aligned. See the below screenshot.

Table Text Centre Aligned

Step 2: Centre-align the Table in Google Docs

Let's see how we can align the table to the center of the page.

Place the cursor anywhere inside the table and click on Format from the top menu, go to Table and select Table Properties as shown below.

Format Table - Table Properties

Now, you can see the Table properties panel on the right side of the page.

Table Properties Google Docs

Now, click on Table as shown above.

From the given table properties, choose Centre under Alignment as shown below.

Centre Aligned Table

As you choose Centre under Alignment, the table would be aligned to the center of your Google document.

That's it, this is how you can center a table in Google Docs.

Why Centering Tables is Important?

Centering tables is an essential element of creating visually appealing documents in Google Docs. 

Whether you are designing a professional report, a school assignment, or a project proposal, properly centering tables can enhance the overall appearance and readability of your document.

By centering tables, you bring balance to the layout, making it easier for your audience to navigate and understand the information presented.

Important Tips: It's important to note that while centering a table can improve visual appeal, it's also crucial to ensure that the content within the table is well-organized and effectively communicates your message. Consider using clear headings, concise text, and relevant data to maximize the impact of your table.

Wrapping Up

Centering tables in Google Docs can elevate the overall presentation of your documents.

By following these simple steps, you can effortlessly create visually appealing tables that enhance the overall readability and professionalism of your content.

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Mamta Choudhary

Mamta Choudhary is the co-founder of Technicalwall.com. She is an expert content writer and is a skilled graphic designer. She mainly write tutorial articles on various software and tools including graphic designing tools like Canva, and others.