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In Google Docs, when I insert a table, there seem to be always a blank line above the table. See the screenshot below.

How do I prevent that?

Google Docs screenshot

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Are you typing a line before you put the table in? What steps did you take in putting the table in? Unable to replicate this – Eight Days of Malaise Feb 11 '11 at 16:30
Same behavior for me. At the top of the page, the extra line cannot be deleted, effectively increasing the margin. – kobejohn Oct 7 '13 at 1:21
@EightDaysofMalaise I believe you can replicate it by starting a new document, and inserting a table without doing anything else. There will be an empty line above the table. – Fang Jing May 21 '14 at 18:11

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This behaviour is by design and as far I am aware cannot be changed via preferences etc.

You can submit suggestions to Google Docs if you feel that you have a good case for it to be changed.

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by design? but at least I should be able to remove the space after its added? – Jiew Meng Feb 8 '11 at 15:23
@jiewmeng - It appears so yes. I can't find any Google resource confirming it is a bug. You should be able to remove the space. I have just tested this myself. – codingbadger Feb 8 '11 at 15:51
@JiewMeng This discussion also classifies it as a design issue. – Fang Jing May 21 '14 at 18:05

You can reduce the gap at the top of a table by placing the cursor above the table, and reducing the font size. I can't seem to reduce it below 6 points, and even this required me to type the number into the "Font size" box. However, it does at least move the table up a bit.

I had to do the same thing at the bottom of my table.

If anybody wants to log this with Google as a bug, then they could describe it as a serious bug in the conversion from docx to Google Docs format. It is serious because it does not seem to be possible to edit it out manually—at least not completely.

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If you don't like the extra whitespace, just delete any extra carriage returns after the table of contents object.

For example, select some text within the first line after the table of contents, click Format → Line spacing and select Remove space before paragraph.

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It is just your cursor that is above the table. If you move it, it will not be there anymore.

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But the empty line will still be there, right? – Vidar S. Ramdal Apr 10 '14 at 8:04
Did you actually try this? Backspace and delete won't remove it. I would downvote this answer if I could. – PJ Brunet Nov 29 '14 at 0:46

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