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Maximum Single, Multi-Page Table Length in InDesign (Practical for Functionality)?

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Apr 27, 2021 Apr 27, 2021

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Hi, 

Is there a maximum (i.e. tested/design-spec) length for a single multi-page (i.e. threaded/overflowing) text table (four column) within Adobe InDesign?  I am in the format-planning stages of a book project (the text content is fnalized) that is looking as though a single text table (details below) - imported from MS Excel - of ~350-450 pages (depending on layout size) is going to be the only practical way of formatting the bulk of text.  The table will be 4-8 columns, with a varying number of merged cells per row.  I don't want to proceed too far down the present formatting path if the above table size is outside of ID's design specs (as this is surely not the most common format) - potentially causing performance/formatting issues once all content is imported into ID.  The reason for the single table is so that table contents can be easily reformatted for different potential layout sizes.

Many thanks in advance to anyone who might be able to address the above question for me. 

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Apr 27, 2021 Apr 27, 2021

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Hi Kenneth,

the maximum length of table rows is 10,000.

Maximum of table columns is 200.

 

See this sources:

http://jongware.mit.edu/idcs6js/pc_Table.html#bodyRowCount

http://jongware.mit.edu/idcs6js/pc_Table.html#columnCount

 

And yes, there are performance issues if you deal with a table of that length.

But it also depends on your machine and version of InDesign…

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Thank you, Uwe,

I appreciate knowing what InDesign is designed to support - the table could always be divided if hardware necessitates.  The provided sources are much appreciated for future reference.

Most appreciatively, and best regards,

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If possible, do not only divide the table, also divide the pages to different documents.

Add the documents to an InDesign book file and synch page numbers and styles with the InDesign book functions.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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