InDesign How-To: Solve Layout Dilemmas with Tables

This story is taken from “InDesign Magazine,” Issue 8.

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In InDesign, a table can corral text and graphic objects even when they’re only in visual alignment, not in uniform rows and columns. Tables are especially useful for text you change frequently. Take the slugs at the bottom of advertisements and other layouts. You change slug information almost every time it’s printed, and it’s much easier to edit something in a table than something in a series of text frames or, worse, something aligned with a complicated tabbing scheme.

The PDF we’ve posted shows you how to create tables that are beyond the ordinary. Just click the link “Extraordinary_Tables” to open the PDF file in your Web browser. You can also download the PDF to your machine for later viewing and printing.

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Posted on: October 19, 2005

2 Comments on InDesign How-To: Solve Layout Dilemmas with Tables

  1. …but does anyone know how I can select all of the tables in my document (not just on one page) and format them the same way all at once?

  2. Thank you!

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