Edit an InDesign CS5 Table Setup - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

After creating an InDesign Creative Suite 5 table, you can change the table’s setup — adding or removing rows and columns, or changing the borders, spacing, or fill.

  1. Select the table you want to make changes to by clicking in a cell.

  2. Choose Table→Table Options→Table Setup.

    The Table Options dialog box opens with the Table Setup tab selected. The dialog box contains several tabs with settings you can change for different parts of the table.

    From the Table Setup tab, you change the number of columns and rows, and adjust the table border, and spacing and specify how column or row strokes are rendered in relation to each other.

  3. Select the Preview check box at the bottom of the dialog box.

    The Preview opens so that you can view the changes you made on the page while you’re using the dialog box.

  4. Click the Row Strokes tab and change options as desired.

    Here you can set how often rows have an alternating border, such as a thicker border, than the rest of the rows.

  5. Click the Column Strokes tab and change options as desired.

    Here you change the properties for column strokes. The two tabs (Row Strokes and Column Strokes) work the same way.

  6. Click the Fills tab and change the options.

    Select a fill pattern from the Alternating Pattern drop-down list, and set the appropriate options for color and tint.

  7. Click OK.

    The changes you made in the Table Options dialog box are applied to the table.

You can not only change the table itself but also customize the cells within it. Choose Table→Cell Options→Text to open the Cell Options dialog box. You can also make changes to each cell by using the Paragraph panel.

Similarly, you can change the number of rows and columns and their widths and heights from the Tables panel. Open the Tables panel by choosing Window→Type & Tables→Table.

InDesign lets you import tables from other programs, such as Excel. If you want to import a spreadsheet, choose File→Place. The spreadsheet is imported into InDesign as a table that you can further edit as necessary.