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How to Make a Table in Google Sheets

In this article, you will learn how to make a table in Google Sheets. A table allows you to organize and streamline your data and save time and effort. Learn how to insert a table and get your work done quickly.

Why do you insert a table in Google Sheets?

  1. Tables make it easier to organize and analyze your data. You can use table features like sorting, filtering, and conditional formatting to quickly find and highlight important information.
  2. Tables can help you avoid errors in your formulas. If you reference a cell or range of cells within a table, the reference will automatically adjust if you add or remove data.
  3. Tables make it easy to collaborate with others. You can share a table with other users, and they can edit the data or add comments to specific cells.

Using tables in Google Sheets can help you save time and effort when working with data in your spreadsheets.

How to create a table in Google Sheets

To make a table in Google Sheets, you need to do some work, as there is no one-stop function to insert a table. Here's how to make a table in Google Sheets.

Pattern 1: - Use alternating color function

  1. Prepare a dataset to which you want to apply table formatting.
  2. Select the entire data range.
  3. Go to the “Format” tab and select “Alternating color”.
Use the alternating colors function to make a table

Learn more about alternating row or column colors in Google Sheets by reading through the following pages.

How to Alternate Row Colors in Google Sheets

Alternate Column Colors in Google Sheets: Explained

Pattern 2: - Create a table by yourself

  1. Prepare a dataset to which you want to apply table formatting.
  2. Select headers and fill the cells with your favorite color.
  3. Change font color and style.
  4. Add a border for a row right below the headers, and copy the format to other rows by using the “Format only” copy.
How to format a table by yourself

Check the following articles if you don’t know how to fill in color, add borders, and change the font style.

How to Color Cells in Google Sheets

How to Add Borders in Google Sheets

How to Make Text Bold, Italic, and Strikethrough in Google Sheets

With one of these methods, you can easily make a table in Google Sheets. Next, learn how to add a filter function to your table.

How to add a filter to the table you create

  1. Select the headers again.
  2. Navigate to the “Data” tab.
  3. Select “Create a filter”.
How to add a sort function to your table by a filter

Visit this web page to learn more about a filter: FILTER Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Learn how to do this step-by-step in the video below 👇

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