How to make a table smaller in Google Docs

A table is a vital component of Google Docs core functions. It helps to display information concisely, something that paragraphs cannot replicate.

In this tutorial, we’ll see an easy method to resize your Google Docs table. 

First, I’ll illustrate the procedure to make the complete table smaller than the default view. Afterward, we’ll see the effect of this process on some individual cells.

The process includes selecting the cells and then tinkering with Column width and Minimum row height inside Table properties

Let’s do it step-by-step. 

Step 1: Open your Google Docs file.

Step 2: Highlight the Subject Cells

There are two ways to highlight the cells. 

First, click inside the top-left cell in the table, then press & hold left-click and glide over the table to highlight it.

Alternatively, you can click on the top-left cell, then press & hold Shift (⇧) and use Arrow keys (←↑→↓) to select the cells.

So, this is a 4*4 table, and I’ve selected the complete table.

Step 3: Using Table Properties

After selecting, right-click and select Table properties from the dialogue box.

Step 4: Changing the Dimensions

After clicking Table Properties, you’ll be greeted by this window.

Next, you’ve to check the Column width and Minimum row height and enter the preferred dimensions in the empty boxes at the right. 

Afterward, click OK.

For instance, I’ve entered 0.5 inches for both. 

This is how the table looks now.

This will be the result had I selected just the first two cells of the first row and would’ve applied the same operation:

You can clearly see the change in the highlighted cells affecting the first two columns (for Column width) and first row (for Minimum row height).


Similarly, you can also alter Row or Column dimensions, one at a time, as per necessity. And, one can also enlarge the table if need be.

That’s it in this session. Please comment for any queries.


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