InDesign: Styling Tables

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to produce your own Table styles which you can reuse again to rapidly change the appearance of a Table in Adobe InDesign.  Below is the table style we’re going to work towards:

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Before we continue, make sure you have the right menu options available by going on the top menu Window > Styles and selecting Cell Styles, Paragraph Styles and most importantly, Table Styles.

Unfortunately, a table style can’t be set straight away and you will actually have to create specific paragraph and cell style beforehand before you can get a complete table still with all the right fonts, colours etc.

 

Setting the Text: Paragraph Styles

You’ll need to set the paragraph styles for both the header and body text for the table.  Open up the Paragraph Styles menu.

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Hit Create new style twice to create two new styles:

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Double clicking on Paragraph Style 1 (but not on the text) will bring up the Paragraph Style Options window.

Here you will need to change the Style Name to Header and click onto Basic Character Formats on the side.  Set the Font Style to Bold and the Size to 14pt.

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Next click onto Character Color on the side and set the colour to [Paper] or white.  Then to complete the Paragraph style, hit OK.

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4) Repeat the same process with Paragraph Style 2, but instead put the Style Name as Body, Font Style to Light (or regular), Size to 12pt and Character Color to RGB(83, 71, 65).

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Time to Set the Cell Style

Now we need to set how the cell in the table will look.  Open up the Cell Style menu and click twice on Create new style like before.

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Double click on one of the Cell Styles (but not the text) to bring up the Cell Style Options window.  Change the Style Name to Header and under the Paragraph Style drop-down menu, select the “Header” paragraph style you created before.

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Select Text on the side option and enter in the values below:

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Next select on the side options Strokes and Fills.  Make sure the Cell Stroke Color is set to [None] and Cell Fill Color is set to RGB(199, 178, 153).  Complete the style by hitting OK.

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Double click onto the leftover Cell Style.  Rename the Style Name to Body, set the Paragraph Style to Body.  Under Text on the side, enter 3mm for both the Top and Bottom, then hit OK.  Now both cell styles are done.

 

 

The Table Style

Now you can actually start setting the table style.  Open up the Table Style menu and click Create new style.

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Double click onto Table Style 1 (but not onto the text) to bring up the Table Style Options window.  Write a Style Name and in the Cell Styles section select the same settings as below.

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On the side select Table Setup and under Table Border, set the Weight to 0pt and Color to [None].

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To give the table its alternating shaded rows, select Fills from the side menu.  In Alternating Pattern set to Every Other Row.  Set the first Color to None and the second Color to RGB(199, 178, 153) with the Tint at 20%.  Hit OK to complete.

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Applying the Table Style

Here I’ll show you how to apply your newly created table style to a plain, basic table.  Below is an example of a simple table with some data inside it.

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Select the Text Tool on the side toolbar and highlight all the text under the header row in the table.  Next on the top drop-down menu select the Table Style.

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This will apply the style to the previously plain table:

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