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  1. 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!!

    400 votes
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  2. Applying multiple cell styles to a cell

    Ability to apply multiple cell style to a cell, for example, I want column 3 to be filled with grey and I want to apply Upper and down stroke which I have cell style for it and column 4 only required upper and down stroke but no fill. Instead of creating multiple keyboard shortcut and multiple cell style i could create one cell style which to fill the cell and then another to but lines.

    1 vote
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  3. Alternating Cell styles

    Can you create an option to alternate your table rows between cell styles that you've already created? Perhaps applying the "Apply ____ style, then next" feature that is used for paragraph styles?

    I just feel like there needs to be a better way to integrate your cell styles within your table style options. It would make table formatting much easier.

    1 vote
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  4. Stroke Management in Table

    Please put some buttons to select inner strokes / outer strokes of tables rather than right click on the miniature table graphic on strokes panel.

    It will be very useful if you put one click option for Select All strokes, Select Border, Select Inner etc. Right click on that miniature cell sometimes very difficult. And make it the default selection for atleast one document

    7 votes
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  5. Lock Cells in Tables

    It would be nice to be able to lock a cell and prevent content from being added or edited.

    1 vote
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  6. Build a better interface between Excel and InDesign

    I publish a magazine monthly. Every month I must identify the changes, update the head shots, and the hyperlinks back to the original page. The files all start in Excel, then export to Word, then move to InDesign tables.

    If we could bring the updates (Head shots, hyperlinks, and text) into an ID table, this would saves us hours of work every month. That would pay for the CC License.

    1 vote
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  7. Ability to search for cell format

    I want to be able to search for a cell styles in the same way I can search for a colour or text style. I like a tidy document and want to ensure that only the cell styles I want are used. Sometimes there are hangovers from old files and it is impossible to search for that cell style name.

    1 vote
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  8. Manage the opacity of fill color in Table options

    It could be great to be able to manage the opacity of the fill color of the table in addition of the tint. So that we can apply a table on top of an image but in keeping the text in full opacity like in the exemple below.

    2 votes
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  9. In tables, there should be provision to select multiple non adjacent cells.

    In tables, there should be provision to select multiple non adjacent cells, so that it would be easy to change cell attributes all at once e.g. changing colors of the cells, font color etc.

    6 votes
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  10. Real table footnotes (different from CC2019)

    Since CC2019 the user is able to add footnotes inside a table. Such notes are added at the bottom, of the textbox. This behavior does not fit to many needs of designer how need real table footnotes.

    So what is the difference?
    Real table footnotes stick to the content of the table.
    In this case the note gives some additional information to the table specific content.
    Therefore each table should have an own mechanism of numbering that does not mix up with the document footnotes numbering. Additionally the position of table footnotes is most often at the end of the…

    41 votes
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  11. Attach paragraph/character style to a table cell definition

    I think that it would be really useful if you could attach a paragraph or character style to the definition of a table's cell. So if I choose Table Header Cell Style it immediately responds with the correct typeface, shading etc. At the moment, I then have to apply a paragraph style once I have chosen a cell style. Which seems unnecessary

    2 votes
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  12. BETTER TABLE CONTROL FEATURES!!!!

    this!!! Complete overhaul to tables in InDesign !!!!! https://forums.adobe.com/message/10898726

    IT IS SO ON THE MONEY and I am sure there are other great suggestions here, but seriously indesign tables are pathetic

    right now I am especially vexed by this fact that Joe Jacob writes:
    "Why is it that the total width/height of a table cannot be constrained to the size of the bounding box it's in? Why, when the table exceeds these limits, does a column or row just disappear? "

    "Why am I left just eyeballing it to make sure my table is neat and evenly spaced out? Why…

    17 votes
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  13. Set row and column dimensions in table styles

    I was looking for a way to set row heights in table styles within InDesign and was surprised out there is no way to do this. The only way to do so is to manually manipulate the size in each table.

    If I want to create a new table in a new document, I was hoping to have all parameters set the way they need to be set in the table style so other users don't have to manually change the size. I would think this would be a common feature that users would love to have.

    Will this be…

    3 votes
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  14. 表格总宽与表头行

    表格總寬
    希望在表樣式中增加可固定表格寬度,通過輸入固定數字,實行在同壹個文檔中,所有表格寬度壹致。從Wrod置入的表格寬度不壹,在ID需要壹個個調整,這種重復的勞動讓人枯燥無味。在網絡上,有人寫下了統壹調整表格寬度的腳本,非常實用。但我希望這是ID中應有的功能。
    表頭行
    同表寬度壹樣,表頭行也是需要不斷從壹個表設置到另壹個,重復勞動,枯燥無味。網絡上也有人寫了壹個自動化處理表頭行的腳本,但這個腳本在遇到表格第壹行有合並單元格或第壹行某些列中有多個單元格時,會停止工作。遇到表格只有壹行時,也會停止工作。請在表樣式中增加選項,自動設置表頭行功能。

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  15. Table Formulas

    It would be nice if Tables could handle simple mathematical formulas. Some information changes year to year, and manually updating it gets pretty monotonous.

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  16. Edit linked spreadsheet table's cell range

    I have multiple documents that contain hundreds of tables linked to cell ranges on different spreadsheets.

    It would be really helpful to be able to edit the linked cell range of each table, instead of having to go through all the table linking steps each time I need to change the cell range.

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  17. Autofit for table cells like exists for text frames

    Autofit for table cells width like exists for text frames

    5 votes
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  18. Table numbering and easier cross-reference/text anchor setup in tables

    It would be nice to be able to automatically number a specific row by just pressing a button, instead of using the "End Nested Style Here" command and copying/pasting in the following rows. It would also be nice if the corresponding column would read the number and be able to set up a text anchor for a paragraph number cross-reference.

    2 votes
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  19. round corners on tables

    External round corners on tables

    100 votes
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  20. Continued table subheaders (and headers)


    1. Our main need is a way to specify "subheader" rows which will repeat after the main header at the top of each page. In the screenshot, "Bank of America" with gray shading and "Canadian region" are both examples of subheader categories which appeared previously in the table. We need them to continue to appear as a subheader row, underneath the main header, with an option to add text (in this example, "cont."). Note we need the ability to style the additional text.

    A GREP style which could be used on the subheader row would be even better, as sometimes the…

    30 votes
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