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How to inputing the table have a lot of rows into Framemaker?

Community Beginner ,
Mar 22, 2023 Mar 22, 2023

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Hello Everyone,

 

I have a format for a table which the border of the header and the end of the table is bold boder.

HOTHIKIM28982844z9a0_0-1679553688917.png

 

When i manually input for the table with little row into FM the format is no problem.
However, we have some tables that have a lot of rows so inputting each row into FM is a terrible job.

I also tried copying the table from excel but that lost the original properties of the table (e.g. table border)

HOTHIKIM28982844z9a0_1-1679553698230.png

 

So how to inputing the table have a lot of rows into Framemaker while keeping the original format of the table in Framemaker, and at the saving time?

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Community Expert ,
Mar 23, 2023 Mar 23, 2023

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Hi,

 

You can create your table in Excel and paste this table as text without formatting (Edit | Paste Special). Then select all this text and convert it into a table (Table | Convert to Table).

This works only, when there is only a single paragraph in each table cell.

 

https://help.adobe.com/en_US/framemaker/using/using-framemaker/user-guide/frm_tables_ta-text-and-gra...

 

Best regards

 

Winfried

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Mar 23, 2023 Mar 23, 2023

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Thank so much.

It's really helpful for me.

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Mar 23, 2023 Mar 23, 2023

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You can also export from Excel to PDF, and import that.

If FM doesn't need to access or reference table content, the PDF route has a lot of advantages.

Be sure to assign some asset ID so future document stewards know where the PDF came from. I used to use above- and/or below-table rows content that was clipped by the Anchored Frame.

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Mar 23, 2023 Mar 23, 2023

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Sounds like the table designs have an override regarding the thick line below the heading. I would recommend you buy Frameexperts small utility "Table Cleaner". It has save me lots of hours fixing tables!

https://frameexpert.com/store/index.html


Bjørn Smalbro - FrameMaker.dk

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Mar 24, 2023 Mar 24, 2023

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When I have complex data in Excel, I like to save it as a tab-delimited or csv file, then import into Frame. Frame will give you the option to convert the data to a table, apply a table style, and apply header/footer rows.

 

David Creamer: Community Expert (ACI and ACE 1995-2023)

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