Create InDesign CS5 Table Styles - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Save the strokes, fills, and spacing applied to an InDesign Creative Suite 5 table in a table style. Creating a table style lets you reuse the table setup for future tables.

For example, if you format a table’s border with a 3 point stroke, and fill the table cells with an alternating pattern of red and white, then you can save your formatting work in a style, and quickly format all the tables in a publication the same way.

  1. Make a table look the way you want.

    The easiest way to create a table style is to complete the table setup and make a table look the way you want it at completion.

  2. Select the table.

    Click and drag to select it with the text tool.

  3. Choose Window→Type & Tables→Table Styles.

    The Table Styles panel appears.

  4. Hold down the Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) key and click the Create New Style button at the bottom of the Table Styles panel.

    The New Table Style dialog box appears.

  5. Name the style and click OK.

    Your table attributes are saved as a style.

If you want to edit table style attributes, you can simply double-click the named style in the Table Styles panel. (Make sure nothing is selected.)