How to Make Matrices in Google Docs

By Emma Nichols

A matrix -- a mathematical expression, usually only numbers, arranged in a rectangular format -- can be created in Google Docs by building a table in the document and inserting the numbers into it. Using Google Docs for matrices has advantages if, for example, you are a math teacher and create your homework assignments using a computer; you can give students access to the document to either solve together or simply print and solve on their own.

Step 1

Log in to your Google account and open Google Docs.

Step 2

Click "Create new..." then "Document" on the top, left corner of the screen.

Step 3

Select "Insert table" under the Table menu.

Step 4

Move the cursor until the dimensions you want the table to be are highlighted. The largest table Google Docs can create is 20 by 20 cells. Click on the table when you have the correct setting. It will appear in the document.

Step 5

Enter the numbers in the appropriate rows and columns.

Step 6

Click "Save" to save the document.

Step 7

Click "Share," then the check the box under "Add names."

Step 8

Enter the email addresses of the people with whom you want to share the document.

Step 9

Select "Can view" to allow them to simply view and print the document or "Can edit" to allow them to solve the problems you outlined in the document and create new ones.

Tips & Warnings

  • To create a mathematical problem using matrices, type a "+", "-" or "x" next to the table, then insert another table and enter the appropriate numbers.