How to Set a Minimum Row Height for a Google Docs Table


Matthew Burleigh

When you create a new table in Google Docs you may find that the rows are a little shorted than you would like. Therefore it can be useful to learn how to set a minimum row height for a Google Docs table.

If you get really lucky when you create a new table in Google Docs then the rows and columns might be the size that you need for your data.

But, more often than not, you are going to need to change the height of your cells or the width of your cells.

This can be done by dragging the table borders, but that can be tedious if you have a larger table.

One way that you can more easily specify your table dimensions is by adjusting the options on the Table properties table.

Our guide below will show you how to specify the height for your table cells by setting a minimum row height.

How to Set a Minimum Row Height for a Google Docs Table

  1. Open your document.
  2. Select the whole table.
  3. Right-click on a cell.
  4. Choose Table properties.
  5. Check the Minimum row height box, then enter a value.
  6. Click OK.

Our guide continues below with additional information on setting a minimum row height in Google Docs, including pictures for these steps.

How to Choose a Minimum Row Height for a Table in Google Docs (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome, but will work in other desktop browsers too.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open the document with the table.

Step 2: Click on the bottom-right cell of the table and drag to the top-left cell to select the entire table.

select the whole table

Step 3: Right-click on the table and choose Table properties.

open Table properties

Step 4: Check the box to the left of Minimum row height, then enter a value into its field.

how to set the minimum row height for a Google Docs table

Note that this value is set in inches (or centimeters, depending on your geographic location), so whatever number you put in there will use that unit of measure.

Step 5: Click OK.

If you don’t select the entire table before setting the minimum row height then the value you enter will only apply to the row containing the currently-selected cell.

Find out how to center a table in Google Docs if you want to change its alignment in your document.

Matthew Burleigh

Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech content online for more than ten years. He enjoys writing about Google Docs in addition to many other applications and devices and has cumulatively covered Google’s word-processing application in hundreds of different articles.

He has been published on dozens of popular websites, and his works have accumulated millions of pageviews.
While focused primarily on tutorials and guides for popular electronics like the iPhone and iPad, as well as common applications like Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel, he covers topics across the entire technology spectrum.

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