Aligning tables Side-by-Side in Google Docs

Sometimes your document is crying out for a layout displaying two tables side by side:

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But how can you arrange two tables this way? There’s a little trick. We’re going to create those two tables inside another table, then hide the outer table.

First, create a 2-column by 1-tow table:

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With the table in place, I prefer to drag the lower edge until I have some space (it doesn’t matter if you make the table deeper than necessary, you can close it up later):

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Now create two further tables, one within each cell of the containing table:

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Now you can fill in your table content. Once completed, right-click inside the containing table (but outside of the smaller tables it contains), and select Table properties…

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You can make the outer table disappear, either by setting the table’s border to zero (0pt) width, or by setting the border colour equal to the page background.