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Fixing row height and column width

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Video: Fixing row height and column width

In this exercise, we are going to take care of the problems that weren't addressed, the issues that were not addressed by the application of the Table Style. Namely, the fact that the column widths aren't everything that they should be, and of course, the fact that the rows are too scrunched. By the way, if you are just joining us, you can open up a document that goes by the name, the simple name is Scrunched.indd that's found inside of the O6 Table Styles folder and I am going to go ahead and press the W key to get us back into the Preview mode, so we don't have all that other distracting stuff going on, all those hidden characters and guidelines and so on.

Fixing row height and column width

In this exercise, we are going to take care of the problems that weren't addressed, the issues that were not addressed by the application of the Table Style. Namely, the fact that the column widths aren't everything that they should be, and of course, the fact that the rows are too scrunched. By the way, if you are just joining us, you can open up a document that goes by the name, the simple name is Scrunched.indd that's found inside of the O6 Table Styles folder and I am going to go ahead and press the W key to get us back into the Preview mode, so we don't have all that other distracting stuff going on, all those hidden characters and guidelines and so on.

Now, I am going to switch to the Type tool, let's go and Zoom in just a little bit here. I will switch to the Type tool and then I will click anywhere inside this bottom scrunched table and I will press Ctrl+Alt+A or Command+Option+A on the Mac to select the contents of the entire table. Now let's go over to the Table palette and it is this palette right here, that's how I can bring it up anyway. If you can't find the Table palette over here inside of your docking columns, then go over to the Window menu and choose, Type & Tables and then choose this guy right there, Table.

It does by the way have a keyboard shortcut as you can see, of Shift+F9. Alright, notice this guy right here, the guy that says 0p3, that guy indicates the height of the rows and what I want you to change it to- and I figured this out by the way, just by trial and error and you could find it out, if you wanted to match another table, all you would have to do is click in it, to see what the height of the rows are and you could then look over here inside the Table Palette and say, "Oh gosh! It's 1p4.7," so 1 pica, 4.7 points.

That's fine, you know that's a weird value, but still if it works, it works. So I'll go ahead and click inside the lower table. Once again, press Ctrl+Alt+A, Command+Option+A on the Mac and I've just entered that value, which was 1p4.7 and then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac and low and behold, now Table Styles couldn't do that for me, what? That's what I am asking? You know, I had to do that manually InDesign really, really, just think about it, InDesign? Just think about what you made me do.

Alright, now let's go ahead and grab the columns, the columns are still a problem as well and if you wanted to click, again, inside the formatted table, you could see that this column measures 13 picas wide. This value right here indicates the width of the column. Then this guy also 13picas wide and this guy, also 13picas wide. Huey Lewis & The News is 13picas wide. Then we have 1985, that is 3picas wide whereas 19, the track number, is 3picas wide. So we here have three columns that are 13picas wide, two columns on the outside that are 3picas wide.

Once again, how hard is it InDesign, let's go ahead and click here in the name, notice where I am positioning my cursor, I am clicking above the word Name, just a little bit above it, inside of the cell and I am dragging over like so, in order to select the entirety of those three columns. Then I will click inside this value and change it to 13, you can enter 13p0 if you want to, but 13 by itself is enough like so, takes care of it. Then I will click above the word Track right there in order to select that column, and I will change it from 3p6 to 3p0 and I'll click above Year and I will change it from 4p0 to 3p0 as well.

Now at this point you may think, "Okay Deke! You hotshot, you big complainer, you baby you-" I am going to go ahead and hide the Table palette by the way so we can see what we were doing. "So you big baby, you went through all this winning about having to format the table properly and it wasn't really that hard, but once you finished, it's still not formatted properly, check it out. I mean, disk one is nicely centered on the page and disk two is leaning over to the left. So how do we solve that problem, Mr. Whiner?" Well, I'll show you.

I am going to go ahead and grab the Type tool, now you may know if you have worked with tables in the past, you may know that they are really big characters, so that's the way that InDesign treats them. So for example, if I were to click after the 'o' in disk two, you can see that I get this fairly short blinking insertion marker, right? It's not all that tall, but if I press the right arrow key to advance down to the next line, look how tall the blinking insertion marker is. If I entered some text, you can see that it would try to appear in front of that table if it fit, but I entered too much text and it is not going to fit there.

Let's write the thinnest character, an I; that still doesn't fit. Alright, anyway, it would if there was room for it over there, it would try to fit in that space, but for some reason it's not. It actually has room to work, so I am not sure what it is up to, but this is a single big character inside of a paragraph that is currently, if I go up to my paragraph specs here inside the Control palette, so I click on that backward P, you can see that my text is aligned left. That's my problem. All I need to do is align it center and it goes ahead, InDesign goes ahead and center aligns that table and now, I press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on a Mac in order to deselect everything on a page and you can see that the bottom table now aligns properly with the top table here.

Alright, so just one other thing to do here. If you take a look at the 55-word review, you can see that it says, "Highlights highlighted below," and yet I haven't highlighted a darn thing. We will be creating the highlights to indicate what I consider to be the best songs on the CD, using a few spot applications of yet another custom Cell Style beginning in the next exercise.

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InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets

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  1. 49m 7s
    1. How style automation works and why every file needs it
      2m 26s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys shortcuts
      3m 58s
    3. Meet the Eyedropper tool
      5m 43s
    4. Using the "loaded" Eyedropper
      2m 23s
    5. Loading new attributes
      1m 33s
    6. Lifting some attributes (and not others)
      4m 19s
    7. Eyedropper FYIs
      4m 51s
    8. The five kinds of style sheets
      3m 16s
    9. Meet the paragraph style
      2m 46s
    10. Applying the Find/Change command
      3m 41s
    11. The style sheet domino effect
      4m 10s
    12. Meet the object style
      4m 19s
    13. Appending a paragraph style to an object style
      2m 5s
    14. The power of the local override
      3m 37s
  2. 30m 5s
    1. The most common and useful style sheet
      40s
    2. Creating a paragraph style
      3m 57s
    3. The Paragraph Style Options dialog box
      3m 56s
    4. Assigning a keypad shortcut
      3m 9s
    5. The better way to create a style
      1m 30s
    6. Basing one style on another
      3m 16s
    7. Assigning a Next Style setting
      2m 31s
    8. Creating a closed style loop
      1m 40s
    9. Using the Quick Apply function
      3m 30s
    10. Formatting an entire story in one click
      2m 43s
    11. Auto-formatting as you type
      3m 13s
  3. 20m 44s
    1. Style sheets are dynamic
      39s
    2. Changing the font for multiple style sheets
      4m 29s
    3. Updating a shared attribute
      2m 24s
    4. Type style, skew, and tracking
      4m 12s
    5. Clearing and integrating local overrides
      3m 6s
    6. Removing widows with Balance Ragged Lines
      2m 47s
    7. Additional tricks for clearing overrides
      3m 7s
  4. 35m 13s
    1. Styling words, numbers, and symbols
      1m 16s
    2. Organizing style sheets
      6m 14s
    3. Character styles protect overrides
      5m 21s
    4. Creating a character style
      3m 44s
    5. Prioritizing style sheet shortcuts
      5m 24s
    6. Applying your new character style
      2m 51s
    7. Updating two styles in one pass
      4m 24s
    8. When in doubt, be obsessive
      5m 59s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Character styles on steroids
      1m 15s
    2. Repeating style elements
      4m 0s
    3. Establishing a nested style
      3m 32s
    4. Setting the range of a nested style
      4m 3s
    5. Troubleshooting the nested range
      6m 49s
    6. Assigning automatic numbers
      2m 13s
    7. Assigning automatic bullets
      4m 49s
    8. Starting and restarting numbered sequences
      4m 16s
    9. Nesting a number or bullet style
      4m 45s
    10. Setting precise guidelines
      6m 24s
    11. Right-aligning numbers
      7m 31s
    12. Center-aligning bullets
      4m 10s
    13. Auto-numbering figures
      3m 0s
    14. Creating a custom Number setting
      4m 18s
    15. Specifying a chapter number
      3m 9s
    16. Numbering across threaded frames
      4m 5s
    17. Using a "list" to number across stories
      4m 29s
    18. What you can and can't do
      4m 37s
  6. 53m 18s
    1. If you make tables, listen up
      1m 1s
    2. A tale of two tables: Introducing the document
      2m 15s
    3. Creating a cell style
      5m 8s
    4. Adjusting the Inset values
      3m 37s
    5. Formatting the body of a table
      4m 22s
    6. Creating and applying column styles
      5m 32s
    7. Creating an all-inclusive table style
      4m 42s
    8. Converting and styling a table
      4m 49s
    9. Fixing formatting errors
      4m 21s
    10. Fixing row height and column width
      5m 25s
    11. An argument for independent cell styles
      2m 33s
    12. Making a dependent cell style
      3m 26s
    13. Selectively applying a cell style
      6m 7s
  7. 1h 10m
    1. The convergence of very nearly everything
      1m 18s
    2. Updating a style from the Find Font command
      4m 24s
    3. Step, Repeat, and Distribute
      4m 57s
    4. Adding text; removing style
      3m 3s
    5. Object-level formatting attributes
      3m 48s
    6. Creating an object style
      3m 43s
    7. Creating paired paragraph styles
      6m 28s
    8. Nesting paired paragraph styles
      3m 9s
    9. Inline and above line graphics
      5m 19s
    10. Creating an anchored object
      6m 29s
    11. Viewing frames and threads
      3m 52s
    12. Creating an anchored object style
      3m 48s
    13. Establishing anchored object defaults
      3m 44s
    14. Problems? Fit the frame to the contents
      4m 35s
    15. Employing a highly selective object style
      5m 27s
    16. The best way to anchor objects
      2m 23s
    17. Moving and anchoring text and objects
      4m 4s
  8. 1m 7s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 7s

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