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Real World Adobe InDesign CS4: Tables

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InDesign can create and edit tables, or import tables from Word, Excel, or XML. This feature isn’t perfect, but it’s more than good enough to alleviate most of the pain of working with tables in a layout.

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Table Shortcuts

Table Shortcuts

As you might expect, InDesign has a number of keyboard shortcuts related to working with tables (see Table 6-2).

Table 6-2: Table Shortcuts in the Default set

Function

Shortcut

Text Options

Command-Option-B/Ctrl-Alt-B*

Delete Column

Shift-Backspace*

Delete Row

Command-Backspace/ Ctrl-Backspace*

Insert Table

Command-Shift-Option-T/ Ctrl-Alt-Shift-T

Insert Column

Command-Option-9/Ctrl-Alt-9*

Insert Row

Command-9/Ctrl-9*

Next Cell

Tab

Previous Cell

Shift-Tab

Select Cell

Command-/(slash)/ Ctrl-/ (slash) or Esc*

Select Column

Command-Option-3/Ctrl-Alt-3*

Select Row

Command-3/Ctrl-3*

Select Table

Command-Option-A/Ctrl-Alt-A

Table Setup

Command-Option-B/Ctrl-Alt-B*

* This command is only active when you have an active text insertion point in a text frame or table cell.

Note that there are some very cool shortcuts that, by default, have no key assigned to them. Go to Row, in particular, is worth its weight in gold when working with long tables. You can find it and other very helpful table shortcuts by choosing Keyboard Shortcuts from the Edit menu, then choosing Tables Menu from the Product area pop-up menu.

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