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Questions about creating a table with dotted lines

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May 16, 2023 May 16, 2023

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Hi there, I'm wondering if the following problems can be solved.

1. How can I adjust the placement of the corners on dotted lines so that they start after the solid line?
2. How can I align the dotted stroke to the inside in such a way that when I enter the exact size, the table will fit within the margin?

Thank you in advance!

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May 17, 2023 May 17, 2023

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Hi @coye ,

hm…

[1] You could try to change the table property Stroke Drawing Order:

Change the default "Best Joins" to "Column Strokes In Front".

 

From my German InDesign where I changed the table's stroke drawing order to "Column Strokes In Front" ("Spaltenkonturen im Vordergrund")

 

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[2] The strokes' alignment for text cells is always "center". And that is center to the cell's border.

If you start out with a table that sits in a left aligned paragraph the start of the left outer stroke aligns with the text frame's left edge. So to fit the table to margins you have to do a little math.

Change the width of every column a bit so that you factor in half the width of the left outer stroke plus half of the width of right outer stroke.

 

Or you decide to have a center aligned table in the paragraph. Set the paragraph that holds the table to center aligned.

Then the table would extend both edges of the text frame a bit; just half of the left outer stroke and half of the right outer stroke if the sum of all column widths is the width of the text frame.

 

Bildschirmfoto 2023-05-17 um 12.03.11.png

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender
( Adobe Community Expert )

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