Thursday, 10 July 2014

Add a table to a Gmail message

Sometimes it is useful to be able to add a table to an email. Although Gmail does not have an in-built function to insert a table, there are other ways to do so. The quickest and easiest way is to create your table in Google Sheets, and then simply copy and paste it into your Gmail message.

Here’s an example:

Step 1: Create an email and write your message as per normal.

Example Gmail message

Step 2: Open a new Google Sheet (in a separate tab or window).

Step 3: Create your table in the Google Sheet. Format it as you like.

Sample table in Google Sheets

Step 4: Copy all the cells in the table.

Step 5: Return to Gmail and paste the cells into your email message.

Table in Gmail message

As you can see, all the cells and table formatting are maintained. You can add multiple tables using this method.

Note: If you want to include a very large or complex table, it might be better to provide a link to the Google Sheet in the email instead. But for simple and small tables, this method works well!


  1. Here's a Chrome extension that adds support for tables to Gmail:

  2. When I try to do this, only the cells' content is inserted into the email, not the table itself.... What am I missing?

  3. Hi David, thanks for your comment. I have just re-tested this and I still see the actual table (i.e. the grid lines). Is it these grid lines that you are not seeing?

  4. Even I don't see this actual table. Only the cell contents gets pasted.

    1. Thanks for letting me know. I have just re-tested again and it is still working for me. I am using a Google Sheet in the Chrome browser. Please let me know what browser you are using. Thanks.

  5. You will have to uncheck the Plain text at the right hand bottom corner of the draft message and you will be able to paste the table.

  6. This was so helpful thank you!

  7. This was so helpful thank you!

  8. This is lame, it would be so easy to copy outlook.....Google cmon!!!

    Such a basic feature to create a table in an email.

    My comments are not towards the writer, just venting to Google...


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