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In google docs, when I insert a table, there seem to be always a line above the table as shown in the screenshot below

Goodle 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. –  Barry 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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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
I would also downvote this answer. –  MjrKusanagi Jan 16 at 2:33

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