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Chapter 36. Formatting Tables > Creating Alternating Patterns

Creating Alternating Patterns

It’s often helpful to apply an alternating pattern of strokes or fills to the cells of a table to make it more readable or to improve its appearance. InDesign lets you create these alternating patterns automatically. That means that as you subsequently edit the table, adding or deleting rows and columns, the pattern remains true.

Adding Alternate Fills or Strokes

To create alternating fills in your table, click anywhere in the table and choose Table Options from the Table menu. Then, in the Alternating Fills panel, choose an alternating pattern: every other row, every second or third row, or whatever. You may wish to skip a certain number rows at the top or bottom of the table. Similarly, you can specify alternating row or column strokes in the Alternating Row Strokes or Alternating Column Strokes panels of the Table Options dialog box.


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