Table cell containing a multiple columned text box....

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Oct 30, 2017 Oct 30, 2017

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Hi all,

I've been scouring the internet for a way to do this, and it seems odd that there isn't an obvious answer?

What I want to do is create a table, with the cells acting as overflow text boxes with 2+ columns (example below). It seems strange that currently the only way to achieve this is to manually meter the list length between 2 merged cells?? Surely this isn't an impossible request I'm asking!

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Above is the current table formatting, but I want the cell to act as the textbox formatting has, with 2 defined columns that overflows!

TIA

Charlie

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Adobe Community Professional , Oct 30, 2017 Oct 30, 2017
I think you found the best solution. I tried everything I could think of, but you are absolutely right—split and span do not work on text within a table cell.You can add items to a wishlist for future versions here:Adobe InDesign Feedback ~Barb

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Have you read about and experimented with Split and Span Columns?

Mike Witherell

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Hi Michael - thanks for replying

Splitting the column doesn't seem to let me overflow the text into the next, as if it were still one input box - haven't experimented with span yet, but on the split side it still seems to only point towards manually inputting each required amount of text to balance the cells out accordingly

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The issue seems to be it not wanting to apply the functionality of a standalone textbox into an individual table cell, i.e. refusing to allow editing of the cell as you would a textbox on its own

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UPDATE

For the time being, have had to move all of that text into column'd textboxes to remain functionality (shown below), but obviously still very interested in finding this functionality in a table itself, rather than manually creating the table with textboxes just for column functionality....

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Nov 01, 2017 Nov 01, 2017

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How about the following approach?

Set cell insets to 0 and turn clipping on

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Cut/copy the text frame

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Place the cursor into the cell and paste it to make it an inline object

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Adjust either the frame's right and bottom border...

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... or the cell borders

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I think the last step can be easily scripted: e.g. fit all text frames in cells in all tables in the current document

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I think you found the best solution. I tried everything I could think of, but you are absolutely right—split and span do not work on text within a table cell.

You can add items to a wishlist for future versions here:

Adobe InDesign Feedback

~Barb

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Oct 31, 2017 Oct 31, 2017

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Thanks Barb - I thought as much!

Submitted it now

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Feb 09, 2022 Feb 09, 2022

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It's easy. 

Create a two-column text box to the size you want it, then copy and paste that into each cell of the table that you want to have two columns in. 

 

Worked for me… 

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New Here ,
Aug 19, 2019 Aug 19, 2019

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I've had this issue for quite some time. There is no way to do what you are trying to do until Adobe introduce it into the cells.

However my work around as simply been to use a normal text box that mimics that of the table and its cells. Eg: same line width/colour and inset margin settings. Then simply flow in your text and apply the slit 2 or span 2 format. Once you have applied all the formatting simply drop it under the table in the correct position.

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