FM 2017: the Table Designer will not change the background cell color in the header row. I can change it with the Custom Ruling and Shading but I want to change the Header background color for all of the tables in the document.
Do your tables actually have a "real" header row? Or is the first row just a "regular" row?
If it's a true header row, you can change it here:
Reply to Stephan,
The Paragraph Format for the table header row is TableHeading. I can only change the background color manually with the Custom Cell Shading option. I suspect that the default settings are buried in the Template files but they were created 10 years ago and I don't how to change them. I have a whole library of documents with the old color scheme and we just went through a branding change. I would like to globally change the color scheme for all of the documents based on the old Template.
Is that green row a "real" header row? Does it repeat if the table rolls to a second page after adding enough rows that it doesn't fit on a single page?
And from your cursor position in the screen shot (top left cell), what does the Show Current Settings display?
Yes, it is a real Header Row, It repeats to the next page. The Show Current Settings is attached below
Can you upload and share a sample file?
1. Those are not "real" header rows in that they do not repeat automatically when the table spans multiple pages:
After I add "real" header rows, they still don't pick up the black color because while you have black defined, the amount is set to None:
Change Fill to a value other than none and it is picked up automatically—but not until I add "real" header rows:
I opened a new file with multiple tables and all of them have real header rows. I can change the header color with the Custom Cell Shading and all of the subheaders in that table change, but the next separate table on the page isn't changed. I can "select all" and apply the color change to that entire *.fm file, but to change the whole document I would have to repeat that maneuver for every chapter.
And there is the confusion:
Anything you add via Custom Ruling and Shading will customize the look of the selected cells and override the Table Designer settings.
I encourage my students to avoid Custom Ruling and Shading whenever possible because you can only update one table at a time. Use the Table Designer for what you are trying to do—not Custom Ruling and Shading.
The problem is I can't seem to get the header row to change using the Table Designer. No matter how I set the options for the Header and Footer, the settings don't take effect. What is wrong with this workflow?
What am I missing?
As Barb explained, the row you are selecting is a body row formatted to look like a header row--it is not a true header row.
I changed the file to one that has green header rows that persist to the next page.
This is the file with the real header rows
It is a header row--that's good.
It does have manual (custom) formatting.
I removed the custom formatting and updated the style to work properly.
Step one: select header row and set color/shading to table; style settings are set to none, so color disappears
Step two: update the table style as desired:
Great, that worked!
You have to remove all the custom formatting from the other tables. For that, you can use Find/Change. If the tables have the proper table style applied, they will "auto" update. Note that you can clear manual formatting across an entire book.
Remove overrides in F/C only removes table designer overrides—not custom ruling and shading.
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To update the style in the other chapters (separate FrameMaker documents)...
Open all the necessary chapters in the book (you can open all chapters at once by selecting the book pod, hold down the Shift key, go to the File menu and open all files in book.
Go to File>Import>Formats
Select your "good" document at the top; click Deselect All and then turn on Table Formats
Thanks for the reminder Barb. (Duh...)
In addition to Rick's excellent plugin, Silicon Prairie Software has a series of plugins that I find invaluable.
Teamwork, my friend.
Thank you both very much.
I am the only FM user in the company and I struggle. I know there must be an efficient way to do most tasks but I don't have the time for study and research.
You are very welcome, Dan.
I second Dave's suggestion. FrameMaker isn't an application that anyone would call "intuitive" for a new user. It's not a hard program to use—it's pretty amazing actually, and that's why it's still around all these years—but there is a learning curve involved. Just a 2-day intro class would help you with these sort of template-design questions.
So Color53—is that the old one? If so, that's the override.
Have you selected the entire row, returned to Custom Ruling and Shading, set Custom Cell Shading (both menus) to From Table and then clicked on Apply?
Barb, I can change the Header row color for that individual table using the Custom Cell and Shading, but it doesn't change the next table on the page. I want to change all the tables in all of my documents.