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Working with Typography and Tables in Adobe InDesign CS4

Chapter Description

Learn how to apply special effects such as scaling type, creating drop caps, anchoring objects in text, and wrapping text around objects and images. Also learn the tricks for creating and formatting tables that save you time and enhance your designs.

#42 Adding Content to Tables

Tables consist of individual cells, which function like miniature text frames. You can enter text in individual cells, or you can anchor graphics in them. The one thing you cannot do is flow text through table cells as if they were threaded. If text already exists that you'd like to flow through a table, you're better off converting it to a table (see #41).

Adding Text to Tables

To add text to a table cell, click in the cell with the Type tool. You can then type in that cell, paste text into the cell (Edit > Paste), or import text into the cell (File > Place). To navigate between cells, press the Tab key to jump to the next cell and press Shift+Tab to jump to the previous cell. Row height will adjust automatically to accommodate the amount of text you type in the cell.

Adding Graphics to Tables

Since table cells function like small text frames, to place graphics in them you anchor the graphic in text. With tables, it's easiest to size the graphic appropriately first, before you anchor it. That way, you can ensure the graphic will fit in the cell. To anchor a graphic in text, select it with the Selection tool and choose Edit > Cut or Edit > Copy. Select the Type tool, click in a cell where you want the graphic, and choose Edit > Paste (Figure 42). You can also click in a cell and choose Object > Anchored Object > Insert to anchor a placeholder for a graphic.

Figure 42

Figure 42 You can combine text and graphics in the same table cell by anchoring a graphic in text like the steak shown here.

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