Lesson 3

Format Text in a Table

 

OBJECTIVE:

In this lesson, you will explore options for formatting and positioning text within tables.

 

Enter Text in a Table

  1. Click the Type tool, click in the top-left cell, then type ‘restaurant’
  2. Press [Tab], the type ‘signature’
  3. In the remaining four cells of the top row, type ‘chef’, ‘review’, ‘hours’, and ‘info’
  4. Click in the 1st cell of the 2nd row, then type ‘Shame on the Moon’
  5. Press the down arrow, then type ‘Blame it on Midnight’
  6. Press the down arrow, then type ‘The Black Swan’
  7. Press the down arrow, then type ‘Chez Blake’
  8. Press the down arrow, then type ‘The Groove Pod’

Summary:  You entered text into the cells of the table.

 

Format Text in a Table

  1. Position the pointer over the left edge of the first cell in the top row so that a black arrow appears pointing right, then click once to select the entire row
    [TIP:  The Type tool must be selected in order for the black arrow to appear, so that you can select an entire row or column]
  2. Show the Swatches panel, click the Formatting affects text button, click Paper, then verify that the stroke is set to None
  3. Show the Character panel, change the font to Impact, then change the font size to 18 pt.
  4. Click anywhere in the first cell of the second row, then drag down to select all of the cells in the first column (except the top cell)
  5. Show the Character Styles panel, then click Restaurant name
  6. 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
  7. Click the align center button (on the Paragraph panel)
  8. Click the pasteboard to deselect all, use soft returns to remove the hyphen in BLAME IT ON MIDNIGHT
  9. Save your work, then close Table

Summary:  You modified the font, the font size, and the alignment of text in a table.  You also applied a character style to selected text in a table.

 

Position Text Vertically within a Cell

  1. Open ID 9-3.indd, verify that you are in Normal view, then save it as ‘Table Complete’
    This table has the exact formatting of the table you created up to this point – the only thing that is different is that more text has been added to the cells, a “key” graphic has been placed below the table, and icons are on the pasteboard
    [TIP:  If your computer substituted fonts when you opened ID 9-3.indd, your restaurant name style may differ]
  2. Select the top row of cells, then click the Align bottom button (on the Table panel)
  3. Click anywhere in the “Blame it on Midnight” cell, then click the Justify vertically button
  4. Position the pointer over the top-left corner of the table until a black diagonal arrow appears, then click to select the entire table
  5. Click the Align center button (on the Table panel)
  6. Deselect all

Summary:  You used the align buttons on the Table panel to format how text is positioned vertically within a cell.

 

Adjust Column Widths and Cell Insets

  1. Click View (on the Application bar), point to Grids & Guides, then click Show Guides
  2. Note the “review” text in the fourth column
    [TIP:  Red circles in cells indicate that the cell content is too big to fit in the cell]
  3. Position the pointer over the navy blue vertical cell border that separates the “hours” column from the “info” column so that a double arrow appears
  4. Click and drag the arrow left, so that the vertical cell border is aligned with the green vertical guide – the width of the “hours” column is reduced – the width of the “info” column is not reduced; it merely moves with the “hours” column
  5. Position the pointer over the navy blue vertical cell border to the right of the “review” column so that a double arrow appears
  6. Click and drag the arrow right until the right edge of the “review” column is aligned with the green guide
  7. Select only the five cells containing reviews
  8. On the Table panel, increase the Left Cell Inset value to .125, then increase the Right Cell Inset value to .125
  9. Deselect all, click View (on the Application bar), point to Grids & Guides, click Hide Guides

 

Summary:  You decreased the width of one column and increased the width of another in order to fit text.  You also increased the left and right cell insets so that the text was not too close to the vertical rules.