Google Docs is one of the best ways to create and share documents for any purpose, and one of the main reasons for this is because they allow for a wide variety of formatting options. If the document has something worthwhile to organize or better convey the message, Google Docs probably supports it.
However, some of the formatting options in Google Docs can be a little tricky for new users. Not all options are immediately apparent, and it can be difficult to get your document to look exactly the way you want it to.
While you can split your document into columns using Google Docs, you might find it easier to just create a table for the same purpose. However, table borders can sometimes appear harsh and unsightly. Fortunately, there is a way to remove table borders in Google Docs
How to remove table borders from Google Docs
Placing text in Google Docs using a table with hidden borders is a great replacement for other complex formatting options. Let’s take a look at how to achieve this, step by step.
- To create a table, click the Insert menu and hover over the table. This will pop up a menu where you can set the dimensions of your table.
- Once you have selected the desired column and row sizes, click to confirm and you should see a table with solid black borders inserted into your document.
- From here, the table options in the Format menu are mainly related to setting or deleting rows, columns, or the entire table. However, there is a Table Properties option that is easy to overlook.
- This parameter can also be found by right-clicking a table pasted into a document. All options, including table properties, will be in this context menu.
Clicking on this option will bring up a screen with the properties of your table. These properties include a table border, which can be changed in both color and thickness.
While many people want to create an invisible table by setting the border color to white, this is not best practice. If something happened to change the background color of the document, you would look a little amateurish.
Instead, change the border thickness to 0 pt. This will completely remove the borders of your table, allowing you to use its cells for better text organization, similar to setting up a multi-column page.
If you ever want to undo this change and see the borders of your table cells again, just change the border thickness to any other value. The default is 1 pt.
Removing table borders is a great way to presentably format text that would otherwise require more complex document setup. It will only take a few seconds, so consider this if you ever need text delimited by multiple lines or columns.