Gmail on its own does not have the tables feature, so you cannot insert tables to your emails. However, there is a way around it, you can create tables in Google Sheets and move them into your Gmail. This article will show you how.
How to insert tables on Gmail
You cannot find an option to create tables directly through the compose button in your Gmail, you can only copy tables from outside of Gmail and paste them into your emails.
You can use Google Sheets to create a table and then insert the table in your email by copying and pasting the table from Google Sheets to your emails in Gmail. Gmail will however preserve the original formatting of your table, your table will look the same when copied from Sheets and pasted in your emails in Gmail.
Method #1. Using the Gmail website
- First, launch Google Sheets in a web browser on your computer system.
- When the site opens, create a new spreadsheet by clicking the Blank button or open the spreadsheet you’ve already made.
- If it is a new spreadsheet, enter your data in the blank spreadsheet.
- Use your mouse or Keyboard’s arrow key to select the area that contains the data you entered into the spreadsheet.
- Copy the area you selected to your clipboard. Edit > Copy in Sheets’ menu bar will do this. Also you can press Ctrl+C on Windows or Command+C on Mac to copy the table.
- You have copied the table ready to paste it into an email in your Gmail.
- Proceed to open a new tab in your web browser where you’ll launch the Gmail site.
- When the site is open, select the “Compose” button at the top-left corner,to create a new email.
- A “New Message” window will open on Gmail.
- Then right-click the email body (the largest white box in the window) and select “Paste” from the menu. Also pressing Ctrl+V (Windows) or Command+V (Mac) will paste your table.
Then fill in the other fields in your new email window; the recipient’s email address, the subject of the email, and the email body. Then hit the Send button at the bottom of the window to officially send the email.
Method #2. Using the Gmail mobile app
If you want to insert a table in an email on your Gmail using the Gmail mobile app, you can use the Gmail and Google Sheets apps to do so. These apps work in similitude with their web interfaces.
- Open the Google Sheets app on your mobile device.
- Go to the bottom-right corner of the app and tap the “+” (plus) sign there, to create a new spreadsheet.
- If you have already created a spreadsheet, tap it to open it.
- enter the data for your table in the new spreadsheet you have created.
- Next, drag from the top-left corner of your table all the way to the bottom-right corner to select your table in the spreadsheet.
- Copy the table you’ve selected to your clipboard by tapping and holding on the table and selecting “Copy” from the menu that appears.
- Close the Sheets app and proceed to paste your copied table in an email in the Gmail app.
- Launch the Gmail app on your phone.
- Select the compose button.
- When the compose screen opens, tap and hold the “Compose Email” box.
- Select “Paste.”From the menu that pops up, then the table that you copied from Sheets will be pasted into your Gmail email.
Proceed to fill in the other fields; the recipient email address and the email subject, then hit the send option.
Method #3. On Microsoft Excel
- Open the Excel Sheet.
- Click on File, and then select New.
- Click the Blank workbook under New option.
- Click an empty cell and type in your data.
- Then proceed to select the data you want to insert into Gmail, and then press Ctrl+C in Windows or Command+C in Mac.
- Open the email in your Gmail, press paste to paste the table you copied. Ctrl+V in Windows or Command +V in Mac.
That’s how to insert a table on Gmail, it’s pretty easy and does not require much protocol.
How to edit a table in Gmail
You cannot edit a table in Gmail, the same way you cannot insert a table in Gmail. If you want to edit a table like inserting columns, removing rows, or adding borders, you have to do them in Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel. Then copy and paste to Gmail.
This article was first published on April 26 10:39 p.m. WAT
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