Join Diane Burns for an in-depth discussion in this video Accessing table commands, part of InDesign Tables In Depth (2012).
Like many features in InDesign, there are multiple ways you can access a table. I'm going to switch from Preview to Normal mode, so we can see this table a little better, and switch to my Type tool by pressing the letter T and I can select a row in this table. We of course, have an entire menu dedicated to table commands and all the commands that you see here from this point down are available in other places in the program, but these three at the top are only available on the Table menu. The command for inserting tables or creating new tables from scratch and commands for converting tab text to tables and back.
When we have some part of the table selected like this row that's selected here the Control panel changes to give us access to some of the table formatting commands. Those commands start here with icons for vertical alignment within a cell and so forth and we have things like the ability to control our table strokes here, apply styles, etcetera. Exactly what you see on the Control panel is really dependent upon your monitor size and the resolution. Another way that we can access Table commands is using the Table panel.
Under the Window menu we have a Table panel this panel has a number of controls for formatting tables including setting the number of rows and columns, the row height, column width and here we have those vertical alignment icons again. We also have a menu here that actually holds all of the commands that we saw in the Table menu except those first three, those are only available on the Table menu, I'll close that panel. Another way to access table commands and it's one that I probably used most frequently is to simply select part of the table and then right mouse click to bring up a contextual menu, this makes it really fast and easy to access these commands.
Finally, there are certain keyboard shortcuts available for some of the table commands and of course, you can add your own and if you access these dialogs via keyboard shortcut, you don't have to select part of a cell, you can just click in it. For example I want to access the Table Cell options and the keyboard shortcut for that is Option+Command+B or Alt+ Ctrl+B, so I can just click in a cell and press the letter B and there's my dialog. So there are a number of ways that you can access table commands in InDesign. It doesn't really matter which one you use. There's no right or wrong. Just choose the method that's most comfortable for you.
- Navigating and selecting tables
- Positioning tables
- Inserting and deleting rows and columns
- Adding header and footer rows, fills, strokes, and borders
- Dealing with overset text
- Applying cell and table styles
- Using tables to streamline graphic design work
- Creating infographics with tables
- Creating pull quotes and design objects using tables
- Exporting tables to EPUB and HTML