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Adding padding to character or paragraph styles without a table

Community Beginner ,
Aug 10, 2023 Aug 10, 2023

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Hello everyone. I could do with some help. I've been usinf InDesign for many years but this has failed me. I would like to use a table layout without a table. What I mean by that is to be able to control the padding between elements of a tabbed sentence so that I can use the underline character style to highlight parts.

 

Example text:
SKU >> Var >> Currency >> Price

 

In a table I can use padding and keep everything centered vertically then justification for the columns.I would like the same, or similar, control but using nestled character stylesand tab spaces but this means I cannot (or I don't seem to be able to) ass padding around any of the elements and the underline cuts short at the character start and/or finish.

 

You are probably thinking I should just use a table but this is to make a change to a 420 page mail order catalogue which must have in the reigion of 9000 product lines. Quite a task to convert and re-align tables!

 

Thanks in advance.

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Community Expert , Aug 10, 2023 Aug 10, 2023

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Frankly, I don't think that is possible.

If it were me, I would recreate the formatting with a table, taking whatever time it takes to do it correctly. In the meantime, make do with what you have now.

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Please show us a typical extract from an existing formatted table.

If possible, give us the text (without confidential data) as indd or plain text for testing.

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Community Expert ,
Aug 10, 2023 Aug 10, 2023

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@pixxxelschubser, it sounds like the poster doesn't have a table now, but tabular text.

 

He might be able to convert to a real table if he selected sections of the tabular text and chose Table > Convert Text to Table:

 

Screenshot 2023-08-10 at 8.07.02 AM.png

Screenshot 2023-08-10 at 8.07.34 AM.png

It will still require a lot of reformatting, however.

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… I would like to use a table layout without a table. What I mean by that is to be able to control the padding between elements of a tabbed sentence so that I can use the underline character style to highlight parts …


By @b1gjust

 

Hi @Steve Werner 

I understood it like this. "I have a text with tabs. I want to create a table layout - but NOT use a table for it."

Am I wrong?

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Community Beginner ,
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Yes @pixxxelschubser , you are correct.

 

Here is an example of what text I have (edited) which I am trying to re-format using just styles:

SKU >> Variant >> Currency >> Price

Screenshot 2023-08-10 at 16.48.56.png

I nestle character styles in a paragraph style so each element can be formatted differently. I am able to use an underline style on the character style for price so it appears to be in a cell with a background without being in a table cell but there is no padding to the background cuts short at the first and last characters.

Screenshot 2023-08-10 at 16.54.19.png

Does that help to explain what I am trying to do?

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Community Expert ,
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Haha.

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I had already prepared something before your answer (and the examples).

 

But what you want should actually be possible without any problems.

example text:

pixxxelschubser_0-1691684064856.png

 

three paragraph styles (based on each other)

pixxxelschubser_3-1691684173410.png

 

formatted - but it's not a table

pixxxelschubser_2-1691684107754.png

 

 

 

 

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Addition: for the "padding" you can use the left and right indent of your paragraph rules.

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Community Beginner ,
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Thanks @pixxxelschubser but that's not quite what I'm after. I'll have to run a few of your words through a translator but you've applied the background to the whole line of text. I want to have the price highlighted with a different colour. I have reached as far as my example but just need to add padding either side of the text with dark grey (before the £ and after the .00)

 

Thanks for trying though. 

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Sorry for my bad English.

 

But as I wrote before: I created my own example file BEFORE you posted yours.

 

Maybe later in the evening I will check your files.

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Aug 11, 2023 Aug 11, 2023

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You're English is just fine. Sorry us English don't bother to learn other languages!

thanks for all your time and help with this. I've spent hours trying different things. It seems that being able to add padding or negative insets (offset) is something Adobe could add. 

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You have to add some extra spaces around the price.

RobertTkaczyk_0-1691706884363.png

 

Or as suggested by @artegraphica - extra tabs:

RobertTkaczyk_0-1691707324791.png

 

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@pixxxelschubser That is genius! thank you so much 😊 I've never used the align to decimal in tabs before. Thanks again.

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You're welcome.

 

Another addition: You only have to assign the paragraph style. Your example file was completely "overformatted".

 

I also removed a superfluous character style and eliminated superfluous entries in the respective individual styles. For example, if the font and style is the same as in the paragraph style, then it does not need to be declared again in the character style, etc. (Reason: This usually leads to incomprehensible behaviour and makes troubleshooting or even simple reformatting much more difficult.)

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Aug 11, 2023 Aug 11, 2023

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@b1gjust 

By the way
I don't normally care for profile pictures. But apart from the fact that I don't like yours - it's also against the forum rules.

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Apologies, I hadn't meant to offend. In fact, I haven't. considered using the forum until now but it's proven increadibly useful.

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Thank you very much for the quick response.
The picture is much nicer. I love this car.

😀

 

Is your original question answered? Or is something still missing?

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Yes, it had inflated over the years due to 'adjustments' which have been requested and i'm never given any time to do these things properly. I am sure you work to deadlines too, i move form one project to the next.

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Link is not workiing.

 

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will adding an extra tab before the $ sign and another tab after the dollar value, and using these 2 tabs in place of the left & right padding work? Add shading or underline to the tab character as needed?

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Yes, it would. I've also tested adding a space character before and after the data but this adds more work too, although not quite as much as converting to tables. 

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