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Since there is no option to merge table cells in Google docs, creating a new table inside a cell could be a possible work around for this.

When I insert a table inside a table cell, blank lines are inserted before and after the table. How can I remove these blank lines? or create a layout similar to the one shown in the picture below (without the extra lines in first column)

Nested table in Google Docs

I have tried playing around with cell padding and minimum row height in table properties but found no solution.

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As far as I know it's not possible to remove the line before and after the nested table. The good "news" are that now is possible to merge cells.

References
Add and edit tables - Docs editors Help
Merge cells and wrap text - Docs editors Help

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  • How does merging help?
    – anon
    Dec 11, 2015 at 4:12
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How does merging help?

To create complex table structures, starting from the most nested cells you will need and merge cells to achieve the larger cells.

Example:

+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+

+--------------+
|              |
+--+-----+-----+
|  |     |     |
+--+-----+     +
|        |     |
+-----+--+--+--+
|     |     |  |
+-----+--------+

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