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Author David Blatner provides in-depth training on InDesign CS5, Adobe's print and interactive page layout application, in InDesign CS5 Essential Training. The course shows how to create new documents with strong and flexible master pages, precisely position text and graphics, prepare documents for print, and export designs as interactive PDF or Flash SWF files. Exercise files are included with the course.
If all your tables fit onto a single column or a single page, you probably don't need to know about headers and footers. But if you work with tables of any significant length, you're going to love this feature. I'm going to make this table longer by adding a bunch of rows. I'll double-click in it, come up to Table and say Insert > Row. Why don't I add about 20 more rows below this? Click OK and you can see that it immediately becomes overset. There is too much table to fit into that one text frame. As we saw earlier in our chapter, I can deal with that by loading my Place Cursor, going to a New Page.
This because I need to add a page so just click on Add one more page, and then drag out a new text frame. There is the end of my table. The problem is I don't have those header rows at the top here. Let's go look at page 1 again. See the header row up there? I really wish those lines were at the top of page 2 as well. Can I do that? Sure, I just need to convert them into a real header rows. To do that, I'm going to go back to page one by double-clicking on it. Switch to the Type tool by double- clicking inside the cell.
Select the row itself by clicking just to the left of it, and I'll go to the Table menu and choose Convert Rows > To Header. It's as simple as that. I've now converted that to a header row so if I go to page 2, it shows up here as well. I'll deselect that by clicking in one of these other cells so you can see it deselected. Now the interesting thing about table headers is that I cannot edit them on this page. It's almost as though they are not there. If I try to click on it I just get this little padlock icon. Let's go back to page 1 and I can show you that I can edit it here.
Let's zoom in to 200% and I'm going to change this word to "How many." Now when I go back to page 2, you get the idea. It updates automatically. Wow! Every time I see this I'm surprised. I'm not a designer, but even I can make this look reasonably good with just a few clicks.
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