How To Alternate Colors In Google Docs Table

Google Docs has made it easier than ever to create, share and collaborate on documents online. Often, we need to present our data in a tabular form to enhance readability and clarity. A table with alternate colored rows, also known as a zebra-striped table, offers an aesthetically pleasing way to display information. But, how do we do it in Google Docs?

In this blog post, we will look into a step-by-step guide on how to alternate colors in Google Docs table.

Step 1: Create a Table

For the first step, we need to create a table in our document. Go to the Insert tab, then click on Table, and choose the number of rows and columns you need for your table.

Step 2: Select the Table

Next, you need to select the table you just created. Click anywhere in the table and then click on the Table Select icon that appears at the top left corner of the table. This will highlight the entire table.

Step 3: Choose the “Alternating Colors” option

Once the table is selected, the Table Properties panel will open. In this panel, click on the option that says Alternating colors. This will open a color selection panel.

Step 4: Select the Colors

In the color selection panel, choose the colors you want for your table. You can select a different color for the header row, the odd rows, and the even rows. Once you are satisfied with your color selections, click OK.

Step 5: Apply the Changes

Once you click OK, the colors will be applied to your table. And that’s it! You have now created an alternating color table in Google Docs.

    Insert > Table
    Table Select > Table Properties > Alternating colors > Choose Colors > OK


Alternating colors in a Google Docs table is a great way to improve readability and make your data presentation more appealing. It’s a simple process that does not require any special skills or knowledge. All you need is to follow the steps outlined in this guide.

Happy coloring!