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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

What are the other basic tips in Google Sheets?

If you don’t get the solution to your question in this article or you are interested in learning more basic tips in Google Sheets, you may find the answers in the following articles.

Move onto the articles below to learn how to use Google Sheets, such as signing in, renaming, saving and printing a file, setting up notifications, and changing themes.

Google Sheets Sign-in: Explained

How to Rename a Google Sheet File

How to Save Google Sheets in Google Drive

How to Set Up Notifications in Google Sheets

How to Set Print Area in Google Sheets

Change Theme in Google Sheets: Explained

Autofill Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Go to the following articles to learn basic operations, such as redo and undo, referencing a cell on another sheet in a formula, inserting a table, and putting an image into a cell.

Redo and Undo in Google Sheets: Explained

How to Reference Another Sheet in Google Sheets

How to Insert an Image into a Cell in Google Sheets

Check the following posts if you want to learn how to insert, modify, and remove comments and note or tag someone in your comment.

How to Add a Comment to a Cell in Google Sheets

How to Tag Someone in Google Sheets

Comment History in Google Sheets: Explained

How to Insert a Note in Google Sheets

How to See Edit History in Google Sheets

Read these articles to learn how to show formulas, missing toolbar, or formula bar in Google Sheets.

How to Show Formulas in Google Sheets

How to Show Formula Bar in Google Sheets

How to Show the Toolbar Missing in Google Sheets

Visit these articles to learn how to protect cells and view protected cells or ranges.

How to Lock Cells in Google Sheets

How to View Protected Ranges in Google Sheets

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