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  1. Table borders when a table runs over more than one page

    When a table runs over more than one page, the border at the bottom of the table is missing on every page except the last.

    You have to make a cellformat to correct this.

    It causes errors and doble work if you forget to remove the cellformat when the pageflow with the table changes.

    12 votes
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  2. Add the possibility to add alternative Text to Tables.

    like in MS Word.
    Reason: we need to publish our print-products as an disability accessable PDF. Sometimes, it is helpful to add an alternative text to the table

    12 votes
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  3. 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.

    11 votes
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  4. Discontiguous selection of rows and columns

    Being able to select rows and columns that are not adjacent to one another would useful to me. For example, one would like to select columns 1 to 3 and 5 to 7, leaving column 4 unselected.

    Often I need to adjust the width of some columns or the height of some rows, leaving others in the middle of the table unadjusted. One instance is when I use a blank column or row to separate groups of data; another is when several discontiguous columns have much longer labels than other columns.

    11 votes
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  5. transparent table strokes

    Currently, when we want to make transparent gaps between cells, we have to do very complicated workarounds like extra empty cells doing the job of transparent strokes, which makes the table very inflexible.

    It would be very good if it was possible to make cell strokes transparent. Another option could possibly be to add a cell gap property to tables, like we have in HTML - this gap would always be transparent.

    A third option would be if transparency could be made to work on tables, like it does on all frames. Then we could, for instance, set a white…

    10 votes
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  6. 9 votes
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  7. Placeholder text in a cell or in the entire table

    I would like to have the option of placing substitution text in a cell of a table or in a complete table.
    If I select a cell I fill this one or if I select the complete table I am able to fill the different cells.
    This feature would allow you to set table and / or cell styles in advance and validate parts of a document before production.

    8 votes
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  8. Table Cell Background Image

    It would be really helpful if we could use an image as a background inside a table cell.

    Or even just improve the ability to insert an image directly into a table cell, making the actual cell boundary function as the graphic frame.

    Currently we can only paste a graphic frame into a cell as an anchored object, which is very cumbersome to align and position with all the levels of nesting involved.

    8 votes
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  9. Anchor Objects Text Wrap

    Have anchor objects wrap around first line of text. This is particularly helpful when a graphic/photo is in a table or an text box.

    8 votes
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  10. Cell spacing

    It would be great to be able to have an spacing between cells, while being able to have a cell border.
    I'm working on a brochiure with this kind of table, but can't reproduce it with regular tables and cells.

    8 votes
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  11. 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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  12. Make table border setting override cell styles

    Currently, if I set a table border via Table Styles, then set a cell style with no borders around the cells, the cell style overrides the table style and the border around the table is removed. The only way around this is to create separate cell styles for the header, footer, left, and right columns and assign those to the table style-- that's a lot of junk styles needed to accomplish one piece of formatting.

    My suggestion is to let us choose whether or not the table border overrides cell styles. That way, setting the table border becomes a one…

    6 votes
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  13. 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.

    6 votes
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  14. Add a keep option in cell styles

    For cell styles, add the "Keep with next row" option so that it doesn't have to be done manually for each desired cell.

    5 votes
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  15. need to be able to add footnotes to tables

    need to be able to add footnotes to tables

    5 votes
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  16. 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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  17. Tabelle, Teabellenformate, Tabellenzellen

    Die Funktionen Tabelle, Tabellenformate und Tabellenzellen sollten in der Gesamtheit überarbeitet werden. Wir arbeiten viel mit Tabellen, die lang und kompliziert sind.
    Es entstehen immer wieder viele unvorhersehbare Effekte.
    Tabellenoptionen funktionieren nicht zuverlässig, z. B. Spaltenlinien in der Vordergrund.
    Linien kommen und gehen in Farben die wir nicht zugewiesen haben, wenn Zeilen oder Spalten eingefügt werden.
    Zellenformate sind für uns leider nicht nutzbar.
    Wünschenwert ist auch die Eingabe von Formeln, z. B. die Formel schreiben oder auch Berechnungen durchführen lassen.
    Die Kleinansicht der Rahmen und Linien springt bei Markierungen von anderen Tabellen um, was ziemlich lästig ist.
    Wenn man mit…

    5 votes
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  18. Make option for "Edit->Place and Link" to update only table contents, not formatting

    In some cases I must use some tables with technical data in multiple documents in various conditions. For example, I wish to put it in catalogue layout with a table width of 287 mm, and in container label with a table width of 240 mm. Content and text format remain unchanged, but column width can vary.
    So I "Place and Link" the table, try to update my link. All my formatting is lost, and the table expands back to 287 mm. This is very annoying, especially when I need to handle hundreds of tables, which is usual situation for my…

    5 votes
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  19. Add ability to add multiple header rows to tables

    I would like to be able to add multiple header rows (or something along those lines) to tables so that a table style would be reapplied from that row onward. This would allow alternating fills to always begin on the same color after a header. This feature would be especially handy when adding a row to an existing table as only the fills under the current section of the table you're working on would change. Additionally this table would then be one single table instead of multiple linked tables, allowing changes to any formatting such as column width to be…

    4 votes
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  20. pasting rows into table should add them instead of replace existing one.

    When I want to move some rows up or down the table, I must first to add that amount of empty rows in place I want them to paste.

    Why the cant be just added above active row in table? It would be much easier.

    4 votes
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