How to Delete Table Rows from Google Docs

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Since its release, Google Docs has made collaborative online work a dream. You can use a cloud-based MS Word-like browser application that offers unique collaboration options. Although Google Docs is roughly modeled after MS Word, discrepancies still exist.

Nevertheless, Google Docs offers many useful formatting options. These options, however, can be a bit complex for new users. Some are right there, in your face. While others, like tables and borders, are slightly less apparent. Here's how to delete table rows in Google Docs, plus other helpful formatting tips.

Remove table borders

First, you will need to create a table. To do this, access the Insert menu at the top of your Google document and click on it. Hover over Table in the drop-down menu that appears. Now select the table size (column x row dimensions) and click to confirm. You should see the table in your document.

If you right-click on the table, you will see options such as Delete line, Delete column, Delete table, Distribute the lines, Distribute columns, etc If you want to remove table borders, find the Table properties option in the right click list and click on it.

A new screen will appear allowing you to access advanced table options. In this menu, you can adjust column width, minimum row height, cell padding, table alignment, indent, etc. Most importantly, this screen allows you to set table border options.

In order to make the borders disappear, you choose the color white in the border options, right? Well, it will work when the background is white. However, if the background should change for any reason, the white borders will be apparent and you will need to match the background color again.

Additionally, it can lead to alignment issues. Generally, the smaller the border, the better your alignment.

The best way to go here is to change the border size to 0 pt. This will literally make the table border invisible.

Other Useful Formatting Tips

There are a lot of cool things that Google Docs can actually do. It may not be apparent and the application may look like a simplified version of MS Word, but it certainly isn't.


When you look at the toolbar in Google Docs, it's probably quite familiar. After all, it's built after Word's toolbar. When you click on the font drop-down menu, you'll see a number of cool fonts to choose from. However, this is far from the number proposed by Word.

You might not know this, but Google Docs offers dozens of additional fonts in the same drop-down menu. Navigate to More fonts and a new window will open. Here you will see a lot of cool fonts to choose from.


Some people prefer to handle formatting on their own. They love the freedom and the creative aspect involved. For most people, it's just a waste of time. Formatting your own document may seem like a simple task, but it tends to be quite daunting.

Although MS Word also comes with a set of templates, Google Drive updates them frequently and provides more and better choices.

Instead of starting from scratch, you can use one of the pre-made templates available on Google Docs and work from there. The best part here is that you can invite someone to collaborate on the document. This means that you can, for example, invite your mentor to help you write the perfect CV.

Remove formatting

Sometimes you want to paste a quote or body text into your document. Most likely, the formatting won't match and you'll end up with an inappropriate passage. To avoid this, you don't have to rewrite the whole passage by hand. There are two ways to clear formatting from a passage, aligning it to the selected Google Doc formatting.

The first is to right-click where you want the passage to go and select Paste without formatting. If you are copying several passages at the same time, go ahead and use the Ctrl + V command when pasting. Then once you're done, select whatever you pasted somewhere with different formatting, navigate to Size in the toolbar and select Remove formatting.

Tongue accent buttons

When you write a text in your language, naturally, you will use the virtual keyboard in your language. This goes for any other language. However, if you are working on an English text but plan to mention several words Your country, you will probably need accent buttons for that perfect and professional formatting.

There is an add-on that will make your life easier in this regard. You can find it by opening your Google document and clicking on Modules complƩmentaires, located in the toolbar. Browse accent-related extensions and find the one that suits your needs.

These add-ons work by adding a toolbar to the side of your page, with different symbols to choose from. Now, instead of having to paste symbols from Google or having to memorize Alt + [insert code] codes, adding a symbol is just a click away.

Add a new page

By default, each Google Doc should automatically add a new page as you type. However, if this never seems to happen and you need this functionality, you can add a new page manually.

To do this, hover over the location where you want the page to break and left click on it. Then navigate to Insert in the toolbar and click Break. Then select Jump to page.

Google Docs tables and formatting

Google Docs gives you plenty of formatting options to work with. Be sure to learn how to properly remove table borders and try all the other formatting tips and tricks mentioned.

What other formatting options have you worked with in Google Docs? Did you learn anything new here? Feel free to hit the comments section below with questions and tips.

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