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Adjusting rows and columns


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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

with David Blatner

Video: Adjusting rows and columns

Tables don't just spring to life by themselves; you need to feed them, care for them, adjust their rows, and columns, but how do you adjust the rows and columns in a table? If I choose the Selection tool, and then try and drag one of these column dividers, I don't move the column divider; I move the whole text frame. Let's undo that, and see how you're really supposed to do it. Remember that tables are inside text frames, and therefore, you have to use the Type tool. I'll press the T on my keyboard to jump to the Type tool quickly, and then I can actually click inside here, and drag.
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  1. 1m 23s
    1. What is InDesign?
      1m 23s
  2. 2m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  3. 21m 19s
    1. Getting started
      3m 33s
    2. Adding or editing text
      3m 23s
    3. Adding or replacing graphics
      4m 31s
    4. Moving objects around
      4m 55s
    5. Printing and creating a PDF
      4m 57s
  4. 26m 6s
    1. Exploring the application window
      6m 25s
    2. Navigating and magnifying pages and objects
      6m 24s
    3. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 35s
    4. Working with panels
      3m 58s
    5. Setting the view quality of artwork
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting view and preview settings
      4m 13s
  5. 27m 52s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 39s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      4m 2s
    3. Saving for CS4 and CS5 with IDML
      2m 24s
    4. Setting the margin and column guides
      4m 29s
    5. Putting ruler guides on the page
      5m 7s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 11s
  6. 23m 37s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      4m 32s
    2. Changing page size
      4m 38s
    3. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 18s
    4. Overriding master page items
      2m 43s
    5. Adding page numbering
      2m 22s
    6. Changing page numbering with sections
      4m 4s
  7. 52m 47s
    1. Understanding text frames
      3m 38s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 48s
    3. Inserting special characters
      4m 1s
    4. Importing text
      3m 47s
    5. Threading text frames
      3m 12s
    6. Setting text frame columns
      4m 31s
    7. Setting text inset and vertical justification options
      3m 48s
    8. Allowing text frames to grow and shrink
      4m 5s
    9. Putting text on a path
      5m 50s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      5m 10s
    11. Checking spelling
      5m 12s
    12. Using Find/Change
      4m 45s
  8. 28m 19s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 20s
    2. Using the Links panel
      7m 17s
    3. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 10s
    4. Fitting graphics to the frame
      5m 1s
    5. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 31s
  9. 35m 49s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 2s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      5m 6s
    3. Colorizing images
      1m 59s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 4s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      3m 33s
    6. Using other transparency effects
      5m 15s
    7. Copying and formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      5m 59s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 51s
  10. 18m 34s
    1. Creating color swatches
      4m 33s
    2. Understanding the danger and power of unnamed colors
      5m 46s
    3. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 53s
    4. Applying gradients
      4m 22s
  11. 15m 27s
    1. Editing frame and path shapes
      5m 8s
    2. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      4m 8s
    3. Making polygons and starbursts
      1m 59s
    4. Creating text outlines
      4m 12s
  12. 37m 56s
    1. Positioning objects with the Gap tool
      3m 54s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 5s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      5m 27s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 33s
    5. Grouping and locking objects
      3m 10s
    6. Nesting objects
      3m 23s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 20s
    8. Understanding text wrap
      5m 51s
    9. Using anchored objects
      6m 13s
  13. 26m 16s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 37s
    2. Collecting, conveying, and placing content
      8m 58s
    3. Rotating objects
      2m 22s
    4. Scaling objects
      4m 21s
    5. Skewing objects
      1m 8s
    6. Mirroring objects
      3m 50s
  14. 24m 19s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 31s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 28s
    3. Changing case
      3m 23s
    4. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      5m 3s
    5. Using Find Font
      3m 54s
  15. 32m 51s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 4s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      2m 10s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      1m 52s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 26s
    5. Setting tabs
      7m 36s
    6. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 23s
    7. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 10s
    8. Numbering paragraphs
      6m 10s
  16. 19m 47s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 10s
    2. Using character styles
      4m 45s
    3. Editing and redefining styles
      2m 20s
    4. Using object styles
      2m 47s
    5. Applying styles with Quick Apply
      3m 45s
  17. 39m 59s
    1. Creating a table
      4m 29s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      4m 36s
    3. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      3m 0s
    4. Formatting a table
      4m 32s
    5. Formatting cells
      6m 2s
    6. Applying table styles
      5m 33s
    7. Placing graphics in cells
      3m 1s
    8. Importing Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 46s
  18. 16m 45s
    1. Building a multi-document book
      7m 27s
    2. Creating "continued on..." jump lines
      3m 51s
    3. Constructing a table of contents (TOC)
      5m 27s
  19. 23m 8s
    1. Exporting EPUBs
      6m 12s
    2. Creating an interactive PDF
      12m 49s
    3. Building a Flash SWF
      4m 7s
  20. 28m 1s
    1. Checking a document with the Preflight panel
      5m 26s
    2. Packaging for output
      3m 34s
    3. Using the Print dialog box
      4m 52s
    4. Printing a small booklet
      2m 46s
    5. Exporting a PDF
      7m 56s
    6. Exporting text
      3m 27s
  21. 1m 25s
    1. Next steps
      1m 25s

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InDesign CS6 Essential Training
8h 24m Beginner May 07, 2012

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InDesign is an essential tool for design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, book publishers, and freelance designers around the world. This course presents the core features and techniques that make this powerful page layout application fun and easy to use. Author David Blatner shows how to navigate and customize the workspace, manage documents and pages, work with text frames and graphics, export and print finished documents, explore creating interactive documents, and much more. He also covers popular topics such as EPUBs and long documents and includes advice on working with overset text, unnamed colors, and other troublesome issues that may arise for first-time designers.

Topics include:
  • Getting started in just 30 minutes: the quick start guide to InDesign
  • Understanding your workspace
  • Creating and setting up new documents
  • Creating and applying master pages
  • Entering and editing text
  • Placing graphics
  • Working with color and gradients
  • Editing frame and path shapes
  • Working with layers, objects, and groups
  • Rotating and scaling objects
  • Applying character and paragraph formatting
  • Using styles
  • Creating and formatting tables
  • Exporting to EPUB and interactive PDF
  • Packaging, printing, and exporting your final document
Subjects:
Design Page Layout
Software:
InDesign
Author:
David Blatner

Adjusting rows and columns

Tables don't just spring to life by themselves; you need to feed them, care for them, adjust their rows, and columns, but how do you adjust the rows and columns in a table? If I choose the Selection tool, and then try and drag one of these column dividers, I don't move the column divider; I move the whole text frame. Let's undo that, and see how you're really supposed to do it. Remember that tables are inside text frames, and therefore, you have to use the Type tool. I'll press the T on my keyboard to jump to the Type tool quickly, and then I can actually click inside here, and drag.

I'll make this column a little wider, this column a little narrower; you get the idea. You can just move these around. Notice that as I drag one of these column dividers, it changes all of the columns in the table. If I want to move a column divider without moving the other dividers, I hold down the Shift key. Shift+drag will only change that one column divider, and it won't change the width of the table. Now, the Shift key does something different if you use it on the outside edge.

The outside edge of the table by itself will only move that one cell, but if you hold down the Shift key, it does just the opposite. Shift+drag moves all of them proportionally. So if you want to make the whole table wider or narrower proportionally, make sure you Shift+drag on the outside edge of the table. In this case, I want the table to fit inside the text frame. So I'm simply going to drag, without the Shift key, all the way back until I go inside that frame. Now in this case, I want the table to fit inside my text frame, so I'm simply going to drag it without the Shift key until it snaps inside the frame edge.

I'm going to make a few more changes here with the Shift key held down, just to fit these in a little bit better, and now I'm having trouble, because I want these three columns to all be the same width. It's hard to do that by eye, but it's easy to do it if I use to distribute columns evenly feature. I can find that by dragging over all three columns -- I don't have to select the entire columns; just any cells within those columns -- and I'll go back to the Table menu, and choose Distribute Columns Evenly. That forces InDesign to make the widths exactly the same.

Notice that when I choose one or more cells, the control panel changes to indicate what's going on inside that cell, and let me format it. I'll be talking about some of these features later, but the one I want to point out right now is way over here on the right side, where it actually shows the width of those columns. Right now it is 72.667 points, but I can select that, and change it to an exact amount, perhaps 70 points, and now it changes all three of those columns to exactly 70 points wide. So you have a lot of control over the widths of your columns.

And what about rows? Same thing; I can use my Type tool to click and drag on a row to make it larger or smaller, or I can do it in the control panel. I'll select this row, and I'll go up to the control panel, and I'll see that the height of this row is currently 48.452 points. And notice that there's a pop-up menu to the left of that, and it says At Least. It's going to be at least 48 points. That means that it could be larger than 48 points, but not smaller. If I want to specify an exact height for that row, I would change this from At Least to Exactly, and now I can type in anything I want.

Let's go ahead and make it 60 points. As you can see, managing these rows and columns is easy; sometimes managing the data inside the rows and columns is harder, but there is a cool trick there that I want to point out before we move on. That is, I can go to the Edit menu, and choose Edit in Story Editor, and in the Story Editor window, I can see all the data from my table, all laid out in rows, and columns. It's a little bit hard to see. Let me make this wider, and I'll scroll up a bit to the top of my table, and you can see that this table is anchored in my story, and it starts with Row 1, and here's each of the columns in Row 1.

Then it goes to Row 2, and those are the columns, and then Row 3, and those are the columns, and so on. If you'd rather see this arranged by columns instead of rows, you can right-click on this little icon up here, or Control+click with one-button mouse, and then scroll all the way to the bottom of the context menu, and down here, you can see that we can arrange it by columns. Now it's the same data, but arranged in a different way. It all depends on how you want to edit it. Obviously, managing all these rows and columns isn't all that difficult, but you do have to pay attention if you want a high quality result.

Now, in the next movie, we'll look at how to add or remove rows and columns, or even merge some of these cells together.

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