Table: How do I disable "cell width lock"?

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How can I change one cells' width without affecting all other cells in my table?


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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 29, 2022 Mar 29, 2022
Try spliting the cell in two (Table - split cell vertically) and then (Table - merge) the two cells in front of it. This will give you the cell aligned different and smaller than the rest in the column.  

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 29, 2022 Mar 29, 2022
Hi Promaximus, technichally spoken you cannot do that. Optically you can do that, but you will always add a new column to the table if you split one cell and merge one part of a split one with another cell like below. Let's assume we want to make the yellow cell wider and optically we do not want to affect all other cells in the second column: The result should be this one: To do that we could split the cell right to the yellow one in two using the Split Cell Vertically command on this sel...

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Try spliting the cell in two (Table - split cell vertically) and then (Table - merge) the two cells in front of it. This will give you the cell aligned different and smaller than the rest in the column.
 

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Hi Promaximus,

technichally spoken you cannot do that. Optically you can do that, but you will always add a new column to the table if you split one cell and merge one part of a split one with another cell like below.

 

Let's assume we want to make the yellow cell wider and optically we do not want to affect all other cells in the second column:

 

YellowCell-ChangeWidth-1.PNG

The result should be this one:

YellowCell-ChangeWidth-5.PNG

To do that we could split the cell right to the yellow one in two using the Split Cell Vertically command on this selected cell:

YellowCell-ChangeWidth-2.PNG

Be aware that in the moment you are doing this, you are adding another column to your table!

YellowCell-ChangeWidth-3.PNG

Now let's merge the two yellow cells to one, but also note that still there is a fourth column in the table:

YellowCell-ChangeWidth-4.PNG

YellowCell-ChangeWidth-5.PNG

You can see that there is a fourth column in the table if you select the table and check the Control panel for example. Or you could select one column after another.

 

First column with 4 cells selected:

 

YellowCell-ChangeWidth-5-1stColumnSelected.PNG

Second column with 4 cells selected:

 

YellowCell-ChangeWidth-5-2ndColumnSelected.PNG

 

Third column with 3 cells selected:

 

YellowCell-ChangeWidth-5-3rdColumnSelected.PNG

 

Fourth column with 1 cell selected:

 

YellowCell-ChangeWidth-5-4thColumnSelected.PNG

 

Now decide yourself if it's worth the effort to split and merge cells.

 

Note: You will not be able to copy the contents of the selected 3rd column to the clipboard.

As I tried to copy the selected cell in column four and the last cell of column three together to the clipboard, InDesign 2022 crashed:

 

Crash-CopySelectedCellsToClipboard-1.png

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

 

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