How to delete a table in Google Docs: Step-by-Step Guide


Matthew Burleigh

Getting rid of a table in Google Docs is a piece of cake. All you need to do is right-click inside the table, find and click on "Delete table" from the dropdown menu, and voila! The table disappears. It’s that simple, and it’ll take you less time than making a sandwich.

Step by Step Tutorial on How to Delete a Table in Google Docs

Sometimes, you create a table in Google Docs and then realize you don’t need it anymore. No worries! Let’s walk through the steps to delete that unnecessary table and keep your document looking sharp.

Step 1: Open your Google Docs document

Open the document that contains the table you want to remove.

When you open your Google Docs document, make sure you’re logged into the correct account if you have multiple Google accounts. If the document was shared with you, ensure you have editing permissions.

Step 2: Click inside the table

Click anywhere inside the table you wish to delete.

It doesn’t matter which cell within the table you click on. As long as you’re inside the table, the delete option will appear in the dropdown menu.

Step 3: Right-click to open the dropdown menu

Right-click inside the table to reveal the dropdown menu.

Ensure you right-click inside the table and not outside of it. If you right-click outside the table, you won’t see the option to delete the table.

Step 4: Select "Delete table"

In the dropdown menu, find and click on "Delete table."

The "Delete table" option will be towards the bottom of the dropdown menu. If you don’t see it, make sure you’re right-clicking inside the table.

After you’ve deleted the table, your document will no longer have the table, and the text will adjust accordingly. If you had text inside the table, it would be removed as well, so make sure you’ve saved any important information elsewhere before deleting.

Tips for Deleting a Table in Google Docs

  • Make sure to backup any important data from the table before you delete it, as this action cannot be undone.
  • If your table has merged cells, the "Delete table" option will still work the same way.
  • You can also delete specific rows or columns instead of the entire table by right-clicking on the row or column and selecting "Delete row" or "Delete column."
  • Sometimes, tables might be part of a larger template. Consider if deleting the table will affect the document’s layout.
  • If you accidentally delete a table, immediately use the undo shortcut (Ctrl + Z on Windows or Command + Z on Mac) to bring it back.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I recover a table after deleting it?

Once a table is deleted, it cannot be recovered unless you use the undo function immediately after deletion.

Will deleting a table affect the formatting of the rest of my document?

Deleting a table will adjust the text formatting in that area, but it will not affect the rest of your document.

Can I delete just a part of the table?

Yes, you can choose to delete specific rows or columns instead of the entire table.

Can I delete a table from the Google Docs mobile app?

Yes, the process is similar. Tap inside the table, tap the three dots to bring up the menu, and select "Delete table."

Can I undo deleting a table?

You can only undo the action immediately after by using the undo shortcut. After that, the deletion is permanent.


  1. Open your document.
  2. Click inside the table.
  3. Right-click to open the dropdown menu.
  4. Select "Delete table."


Deleting a table in Google Docs is one of those skills that sounds more complicated than it is. Once you’ve done it the first time, it’s as easy as remembering to save your work regularly. But remember, deleting a table is a one-way street. If you have crucial data in there, make sure to copy it elsewhere or consider if you’d be better off just tweaking the table to suit your needs instead. Tables are fantastic for organization, but sometimes they’re just not necessary, and that’s okay. Google Docs is all about making your document work for you, so don’t be afraid to use all the tools at your disposal, including the almighty delete button. Whether you’re drafting up your next masterpiece or organizing your week, Google Docs has got your back. So go ahead, delete that table with confidence!

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.

You can read his bio here.

Join Our Free Newsletter

Featured guides and deals

You may opt out at any time.
Read our Privacy Policy