Lesson 2

Create and Format a Table

 

OBJECTIVE:

In this lesson, you will create a table and apply fills and strokes.


Create a Table and Change the Number of Rows

  1. Open Id 9-2.indd, then save it as ‘Table’
  2. Close all open panels except for the Tools panel, click the type tool, then create a text frame that snaps to all four
    margin guides
  3. Click Table (on the Application bar), then click Insert Table
  4. Type 4 in the body rows text box, then type 6 in the Columns text box then click OK
  5. Click Window (on the Application bar), point to Type & Tables, then click Table
  6. Click the up arrow next to the Number of Rows text box three times, so that there are seven rows in the table

Summary:  You created a table, then used the Table panel to increase the number of rows in the table.

 

Set a Table’s Size

  1. Position the pointer over the second cell in the first column, then click and drag to select all of the rows except the top row
  2. Click the Row Height list arrow on the Table panel, then click Exactly
  3. Type 1.4 in the text box to the right of the Row Height text box, press [Enter]
  4. Position the pointer over the left edge of the top cell in the first row so that a heavy black arrow appears pointing to the right
  5. Click once to select the entire top row
  6. Click the Row Height list arrow on the Table panel, then click Exactly
  7. Type .625 in the text box next to the Row Height text box, press [Enter] – the bottom row disappears and an overset text icon appears in the bottom-right corner of the text frame, indicating that there is no longer enough room in the text frame to hold all the rows in the table
  8. Position the pointer over the left edge of the second row so that a heavy black arrow appears pointing to the right
  9. Click to select the second row, click the Table panel list arrow, point to Delete, then click Row – the row is deleted, and the overset text icon disappears because all six rows now fit in the text frame

Summary:  You selected six rows and entered a value for their height on the Table panel.  You selected only the top row, then entered a different value for its height.  You then deleted a row so that all rows could fit in the text frame


Apply Strokes to a Table

  1. Position the pointer over the top-left corner of the table so that a black diagonal arrow appears, then click to select the entire table
  2. Click Table (on the Application bar), point to Cell Options, then click Strokes and Fills
  3. Click the Weight list arrow in the Cell Options dialog box, then click 2 pt
  4. Click the Color list arrow, then click Navy
  5. Click OK, then click the pasteboard to deselect all
  6. Click View (on the application bar), point to Grids & Guides, click Hide Guides, click View (on the Application bar)
    again, click Hide Frame Edges

Summary:  You selected all the cells of the table, then applied strokes.

 

Apply Fills to a Table

  1. Position the pointer over the top-left corner of the table so that a black diagonal arrow appears, then click once to select the entire table
  2. Click Table (on the Application bar), point to Table Options, then click Alternating Fills
  3. Click the Alternating Pattern list arrow, then click Every Other Row
  4. Click the first Color list arrow on the left side of the dialog box, then click OK
  5. Click the pasteboard to deselect all Select the entire top row, click Table (on the Application bar), point to Cell Options, then click Strokes and Fills
  6. Click the Color list arrow in the Cell Fill section of the dialog box, click Red, type 100 in the Tint text box, then click
    OK
  7. Click the pasteboard to deselect all


Summary:  You applied a fill to three rows simultaneously by using the Alternating fills command.  You then changed the fill color of the first row.