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Lesson 9. Creating Tables > Exploring on your own

Exploring on your own

Now that you’re skilled in the basics of working with tables using 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 “Exploring on your own” exercise (number 3). Then choose Table > Merge Cells. To convert the table to text, choose Table > Convert Table to Text. You can have tabs separate what were previously columns and have paragraph breaks separate the columns. You can also modify these options. Similarly, you can convert tabbed text into a table by selecting the text and choosing Table > Convert Text to Table.

To create rotated text, click the Type tool inside the merged cell you created “Exploring on 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.



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