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  1. Easier conversion of tables from Word to InDesign

    I would love to be able to copy and paste cells exactly as they are in MS Word and MS Excel into a formatted InDesign table. Unfortunately, if there is a hard return in one of the cells in MS, then InDesign reads it as a new cell so you have to copy cell by cell.

    3 votes
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  2. Add row/column dimensions to table styles

    When a document includes multiple similar tables, I would like to be able to quickly set them up to have the same column widths for better consistency. Adding this kind of information to styles seems the most logical place for it.

    37 votes
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  3. Strokes > Content

    I have to make sell sheets for work in InDesign semi-regularly, with one column being designated for product images. Having a way for strokes to be rendered over images would be great. Only way I’ve found of circumventing it has been to set the images to the Multiply style so the stroke can show through.

    2 votes
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  4. Remove trailing whitespace removes carriage return before a table

    Grep remove trailing whitespace also removes carriage return before a table. This should not happen but rather table should be seen as a separate paragraph item.

    4 votes
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  5. I want to be able to select multiple rows, but want to be able to select rows that are not next to each other. They maybe have one or two ro

    I want to be able to select multiple rows, but want to be able to select rows that are not next to each other. They maybe have one or two rows.

    3 votes
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  6. Remove the maximum cell height in tables

    I often use tables in more technical posters as a frame for graphics with caption.
    I experienced that a cell height of about 220 mm is the maximum for tables.
    If you have larger graphics this is not enough.

    5 votes
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  7. Option to split table rows across pages

    Lord please, if you're up there, answer our INDD prayers and make this a feature. A LOT of tables have rows with more content than can be held in a single page or bottom of a page. It's impossible to layout a continuous book or brochure if I can't get the table text to split - it doesn't have to be the default, but give me the option - please, please. WORD does this, be better than Word!!

    439 votes
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  8. Improving table styles

    Problems in the development of tables
    Currently we have some drawbacks when it comes to automating as much as possible the application of the tables by using "table styles", this is because our tables have 4 different sectors (hotrizontals), unlike the possibility that Indesign offers only 3 types of rows "header rows", "footers rows" and "text rows". This, for the moment, we solve it in the following way: once we apply the style of table, we select the rows that we want to change and we apply by hand the "cell style".
    One possible solution is that the "style of…

    19 votes
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  9. Enable slanted headers in tables

    Right now, in order to create a "slanted" header for tables (see attached graphic) you either have to create a separate table and slant the entire object, or create a slanted effect by using lines and text boxes. It would be great if there was an option to slant the entire row of text in a table.

    23 votes
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  10. concatenate text in table cells and make it flow automatically like normal text areas

    concatenate text in table cells and make it flow automatically like normal text areas

    3 votes
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  11. Repeat header and footer options wanted as part of table styles

    The "repeat header" and "repeat footer" settings can not be set on a table style.
    I'd like to be able to adjust the way table headers and footers repeats from within a table style (including a new "no repeat" option).

    3 votes
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  12. No repeat option wanted for headers and footers in table options

    When you've got headers and footers in tables, there is no way to prevent them from repeating at all.

    There are currently three options in InDesign Table Options:
    1. Every Text Column
    2. Once per Frame
    3. Once per Page

    I'd like to see an option for "NONE" or "NO REPEAT".

    I can also think of "Once per Spread" as a valid setting, but NONE is the most important, since the current solution is to convert the headers to body rows, and that destroys the information about the header rows actually being headers.

    12 votes
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  13. Opacity of a cell fill

    There needs to be an option to control the opacity of a cell fill.
    The only option now is to go to cell options > Strokes & Fill and change the tint, but the effect is not the same as opacity (that will apply only the fill and not the text in the cell).
    Thank you

    57 votes
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  14. Tables & Graphs

    I would love to have a new tab added in InDesign where you sort of had pre-made templates for graphs and tables and then could modify as needed once inserted into the document. I create many documents that often call for tables and graphs and have to start from scratch and spend sometimes hours perfecting it. It would save so much time to not only have pre-made templates, but also templates we could create ourselves and save and re-insert and populate with new data. And I'd like to have pie charts and other graphs in a similar fashion as well.

    7 votes
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  15. Tables with footers across pages don't adjust when deleting rows

    Tables with footers across pages don't adjust when row is deleted. The row below the one deleted should move up and replace the space, but the whole table shortens with the footer and the next row stays on the next page. Just spent 2 hours setting this up and now have to go back and manually lay everything out.. Tables also disappear on subsequent pages. Bugs in both 2017 and 2018.

    1 vote
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  16. round corners on tables

    External round corners on tables

    115 votes
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  17. Table Cell Strokes

    It is something of a chore to select individual strokes in Window 'Cell Options' – Tab 'Strokes & Fills'.
    … you need to align exactly the cursor's hotspot (to the pixel) on the stroke you wish to select or deselect… and often need to click a few times if you're slightly off. I often need to have, let's say all horizontal strokes selected in a table… so I have to deselect all vertical strokes.

    Currently, we can double-clic to select, say the outside borders, or the inside.
    But it would be nice to have buttons that would:
    - select/deselect all…

    23 votes
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  18. Request for data merge to support table generation

    Currently, data merge can generate pages from a master, but it cannot generate tables. This would be a highly useful feature. My designs use a lot of tables that recur with different data.

    16 votes
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  19. Automatically create multiple same-sized columns within table cells

    Split table cell into multiple equally-sized columns (automatically)

    3 votes
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  20. Linking to Excel files

    It would be nice if one could link to an Excel file during placement rather than having to change the preferences on and off.

    Also, it would be nice if InDesign remembered how many rows were marked as header rows when updating linked files.

    7 votes
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