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I want to be able to select multiple table rows that are not connected.

I would like the ability to select multiple table rows that are not connected. For example, I expected to be able to CTRL+Select the rows I want to change the fill color. For example, if I have 20 rows, but I want to select Row 2, 6, 8, 14, and 17 so that I am able to edit the fill color/text color/row height, etc. in those rows only. Currently, I have to do them all individually and in much larger tables (50+ rows.) It's such a pain!

The ability to fill every other row, or every third, etc. in the table styles is handy, but it isn't effective in every situation.

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  • Rombout Versluijs commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I guess this can only be done by scripting. Using that its sort of a breeze, but setting up such scripts and understanding is a complet different world :(
    I would be a breeze if we had an Interface like GREP, where you can use "simple" to setup properties for a table. That would be even better than scripting, since users sort of understand that. Adjusting a table would be breeze :)

  • Rombout Versluijs commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I guess this can only be done by scripting. Using that its sort of a breeze, but setting up such scripts and understanding is a complete different world :(

  • Travis Bunn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is common practice in many applications and definitely should be included. This has added so much time to my data entry on tables.

  • Thai Mac commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Really need this as well. And considering it's been a few years now, Adobe is just plain refusing to. How unfortunate.

  • A. Drayton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    HOW is this CTRL+Select not a feature yet???? I'm working on a beast of schedule with over 300 events and literally have to select the rows individually. :-/ Like the user below said, if we can do this is Microsoft Office, there's no justification or excuse for this feature not being available in this pricey publishing software. And now that you've gone subscription-based, we're paying 10x more than when we could purchase the disks back in the day. C'mon guys, it's 2019...listen to your customers. :-|

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This has been a necessary function since the beginning of InDesign. C'mon--if a person can perform this function in Microsoft Excel, then Adobe can make this update possible!

  • Bruno Mancini commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So many unnecessary features when essential ones like this are still pending. Please, Adobe !!

  • Paul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a much-needed feature. Developers, please stop faffing around with uneccessary 'improvements' and FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, pleeeease get this feature working - on a 250pp doc that is all-tabular with 10,000 rows, this would be a miracle of Indesign evolution.

  • Yvonne commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm dying without this feature. Trying to format a 5 page table with alternating shaded rows is taking me forever.

  • David commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Not being able to select multiple non-adjacent rows creates unnecessary inefficiency. Formatting tables would be much faster if we could do this.

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