How to Merge Cells in a Google Docs Table

Google Docs is an all-powerful alternative to the expensive Microsoft Office. It’s getting feature-rich by the day. It empowers us to do a lot of things. And, one of them is putting a table in our documents. 

In this simple tutorial, I’ll show you how to merge different cells in a Google Docs table.

Let’s do it step-by-step.

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How to remove the border from text box in MS Word

You can insert a text box at any point in your document. Text boxes are a great way to create headlines. You can also use them to make certain text stand out. It is possible to insert them in any angle, color, orientation, and in different fonts.

When inserting a text box, Word places a border around it by default. You can customize the border to show a thick or thin line, continuous or dotted line, and in select colors. But in some cases, you may not want a border at all.

2 ways to remove the border from the text box in MS Word:

  • By modifying the Outline
  • By changing the Format Shape

Here, we will show you both methods of how to remove the border from a text box in simple steps. 

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How to lock a text box in MS Word

You may have an enclosed text box within the content in your MS Word document. By default, the text box moves with the content. If you do not want it to move with the content, you must lock the text box.

If you are sharing your document with others, you may not want them to change the content within the text box. Again, you can lock the text box.

Word allows you to lock the text box for the above cases. Thus, by locking the text box, you can:

  • Prevent the text box from moving with the content.
  • Protect the contents of the text box.

We will explain both methods stepwise. Let us start.

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How to remove table lines in MS Word

When creating a new table in MS Word, you can specify the number of rows and columns that the table must contain. But the table that appears has internal and external lines or borders. Borders make it easy to enter data in the cells. But you may want to print or display the table without some or any border showing up.

Word has many options that allow customizing the appearance of your table. You can change the styling of the borders. One of the styles includes suppressing the display of borders.

Removing the table borders or lines in MS Word does not disturb the data or the layout of the data. You only remove the lines that identify the rows and columns.

2 ways to remove table lines in MS Word

  • Using the Borders Menu
  • Using the Borders and Shading Dialog Box

We will show you in steps how to remove the table lines in your MS Word document.

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How to add a caption to a table in MS Word

When you add a table in your MS Word document, there is no caption by default. A caption adds an identity to the table, briefly describing the subject it is displaying. It also makes the document easier to read and understand.

Word allows you to add a floating caption to your table. The caption has two parts—a label and a number. Word will automatically update the numbering on all other tables you add later. You can also add the caption inside a table.

2 ways to add caption to a table in MS Word

  • Add a Floating Caption
  • Adding a Caption Within the Table

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How to save MS Word Table as an Image

Many a time, you may want to save the table in your MS Word document as an image. The reasons for this may vary. For instance, you may not want others to change the cell size in the table. When you place a table inside a Word document as an image, you are making sure the table format will stay the same. Thus, opening the document on other computers will not disturb its structure.

You may also want to protect the integrity of the data in your table. Convert the table to an image. You will ensure others cannot change the data inside it.

It is easier to share table data if it is in the form of an image. It is more convenient to send an image rather than sending a whole document when sharing. You can even send the image to a mobile device, as most mobile devices do not have Word installed in them.

You can save an MS Word table as an image by taking a screenshot of the table.

We will show you stepwise how you can do the above.

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How to center align text in MS Word Table

You may need to insert tables in your MS Word document to present data. Your table may contain text or numbers in different cells. But, for each cell, Word defaults to left alignment in the horizontal direction. The default vertical alignment is to the top of the cell.

If you do not like the default alignments, Word allows you to change them. For instance, you may have a lot of text in some cells and few in others. Center aligning all the text in the table makes it easier to read.

For horizontal alignment, you may consider one of the three choices that Word offers:

  • Left (default)
  • Center
  • Right

For the vertical alignment, Word offers three more choices in relation to the cell:

  • Top (default)
  • Center
  • Bottom

Additionally, you may apply the process in two ways:

  • Center align only a select cell
  • Center align the entire table in one go.

We will show you how you can accomplish the above in easy steps.

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How to wrap text around the table in MS Word

Microsoft Word allows you to place a table anywhere within your document. By default, the table aligns itself to the left margin, and the text flows from above to below the table.

You can align the table any other way you want. You could align it horizontally to the middle of the page, or align it to the right margin. It is also possible to center it vertically within the paragraph. If necessary, you can make it start from the top of the paragraph, or shift it to the bottom of the paragraph.

While moving the table around in the page as above, it is also possible to make the text wrap around the table. This makes the text appear all around the table for a better-looking document.

We explain how you can do all the above in simple stepwise instructions.

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How to view all Page Breaks in a Word Document

When editing a document in Microsoft Word, you may need to make changes in the layout for some pages. You may want to restart the automatic numbering or change the number of columns. In all these cases, you must introduce breaks in your Word document.

Page breaks divide your document into separate parts. You can treat these parts as separate documents, assigning them different properties. Page breaks force a new page in the document, with the content coming after the page break starting on a new page.

Breaks in a Word document are invisible by default, like the section break or end of a line. Word hides these breaks, as these serve only to organize the content. The document does not need the breaks to be on display or for printing. But while editing a document, you may need to see them.

We will show you in easy steps how you can display the hidden page breaks.

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How to add a column in Google Docs table

In this article, we will be talking about how to edit tables in Google Docs by adding columns.

You can choose the number of columns you would like your table to have when you are creating it. However, once you have created the table, you might want to add more columns. In Google Docs, you can conveniently insert columns in your table, either to the right or left of a particular column.

 2 ways of adding columns in Google Docs:

  • Method 1: Right-clicking and clicking on Insert column
  • Method 2: Going to the Format tab 

Method 1: Right-clicking and clicking on Insert column

This method involves going to the table drop down menu and clicking on one of the options for inserting columns. It is a convenient method as it is straightforward and doesn’t require that much time and effort. This is why we recommend that you use this method.

Step 1: Open your Google Docs document.

(Optional) Step 2: Insert a table. 

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