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On your own

Now that you're skilled in the basics of working with tables in InDesign, you can experiment with other techniques to expand your table-building abilities.

To create a new table, scroll beyond the spread to the pasteboard, and drag the type tool to create a new text frame. Then choose Table > Insert Table and enter the number of rows and columns you want in your table.

To enter information in your table, make sure that the blinking insertion point is in the first frame and then type. To move forward to the next cell in the row, press Tab. To move to the next cell down in the column, press the down arrow key.

To add a column by dragging, move the type tool over the right edge of one of the columns in your table, so that the pointer becomes a double-headed arrow. Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and drag a short distance to the right, perhaps half an inch or so. When you release the mouse button, a new column appears, having the same width as the distance you dragged.

To combine several cells into one cell, select all the cells in the new column you created in the previous “On your own” exercise (number 3). Then choose Table > Merge Cells.

To create rotated text, click the type tool inside the merged cell you created “One your own” exercise number 4. Choose Window > Table to bring the Table palette forward, and select the Rotate Text 270° option (). Then type the text you want in this cell.

Drag one of the column edges so that it is less than an inch wide. Then place an image file (such as one of the flower photographs from the table on page 3) in one of the cells in that row. Then select the image with the direct-selection tool () and hold down Shift while you drag to resize the image so that it fits within the horizontal dimensions of the cell.



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