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Columns are restricted to 40 in Indesign

Community Beginner ,
Oct 18, 2022 Oct 18, 2022

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Hello - any idea why columns are restricted to 40 in Indesign - I need to insert 360 columns for each day of the yearTimeline.jpg

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Community Expert ,
Oct 18, 2022 Oct 18, 2022

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Why not create a Table?

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Oct 18, 2022 Oct 18, 2022

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I agree with Derek. Tables would be better. InDesign has always been limited to 40 columns.

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thank you Derek and Steve - interesting to know the limited columns - when I went to create the tables this also limited to 200? Screenshot 2022-10-18 at 22.34.27.png

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Well, yes. InDesign is capping the number of columns in a table at 200. The only workarounds I can think of are to put two tables side-by-side, or do this in Excel, save as a PDF and place the PDF into InDesign. I think I would chose the latter option.

 

~Barb

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Those are column guides. Columns are restricted to 216, and with the gutter set to 0, will function the same way as guides. But I agree that you should set this up as a table. 

 

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thanks Barb

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Set it up as guides perhaps - drag a guide from the Ruler on the left and the top 

View>Show Ruler

 

Document say 297mm 

And you want 365

297/365=.81

 

Select the Guide

In the X co ordinates set it to 0 or to the page margin 

With it still selected beside 0 type in +.81mm
And hold down ALT and press enter - which copys the guide

 

Then press and hold CTRL ALT 4 (or CMD ALT 4 on Mac)

 

This redoes the previous action

 

And then fill the page with the guides for every day.

Basically hold it down for 365 times

Takes a minute... 

 

Not elegant at all 

Gets a result though

EugeneTyson_1-1666157215592.png

 

 

 

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Community Expert ,
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So it can be done with a trick

 

No limit on the amount of rows

EugeneTyson_1-1666159703843.png

 

 

So you can create a table with 365 rows and 52 columns

Rotate your Text Frame holding the table

 

Then set the Text Rotation within the Cell to be rotated to read the correct way.

 

It all comes with caveats - the width is now the height - and vice versa

And you probably wouldn't be able to use Table Headers. 

And remember your orientation. 

 

Can it be done - yes - is it perfect - not by a long shot 

 

 

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