Why is there a limit on cell/row height in InDesign?

Community Beginner ,
Dec 06, 2019 Dec 06, 2019

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I'm working with a table that is a type of "run of show" document and formatting for iPad for events. 

 

The copy is getting clipped due to cell height max. Not sure why there is a limit, and "fixes" on previous versions of iD don't work in the new CC versions.

 

Does anyone have a version relevant fix? (Adobe Creative Cloud 2019)

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 07, 2019 Dec 07, 2019
There is a cell height limit of 21.1 cms or 50 picas. However, you can increase that amount. First select the cells that you want to change using the Text tool. Choose Table > Cell Options > Text. Click on the Rows and Columns tab. There is a cell labeled "Maximum". Increase the Maximum to what ever you need to make your cells higher.

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There is a cell height limit of 21.1 cms or 50 picas. However, you can increase that amount.

First select the cells that you want to change using the Text tool. Choose Table > Cell Options > Text. Click on the Rows and Columns tab. There is a cell labeled "Maximum". Increase the Maximum to what ever you need to make your cells higher.

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Dec 09, 2019 Dec 09, 2019

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@Barbara_Ash

Thanks for the tip. This worked for my needs, and can be considered "answered."

 

However, I still see that there is an "ultimate" limit to the height (8640 px). Is there are reason why there would be a limit to a table cell height/is there a way to modified this upper limit?

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Dec 12, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

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Hi Christopher,

by scripting I could e.g. apply a value like 30000 to the height of a cell.

That was in Points. About 10583 mm, more than an InDesign page can meassure in height. Nearly double the height of the maximum page height. Is that enough?

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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Can't we make a row zero height? At some point, I want a row take no space when there are no content.
In my case, I can't delete the row too, since this row will be populated later on!

I don't have any inset or strokes, but the minimum cell height InDesign allows is 1.058mm (check attachment). How to make it zero? 

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Apr 08, 2022 Apr 08, 2022

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Hi Shiv Allva.

the answer is no.

 

In a couple of the previous versions of InDesign, CS4 or CS5 I think, this once was possible. But only by scripting.

It must be pointed out that this is not possible with newer versions of InDesign.

 

See this discussion from 2017:

Table strokes
unyq, Aug 21, 2017

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/table-strokes/m-p/9267997#M61443

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Apr 08, 2022 Apr 08, 2022

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Crazy, isn't?

 

For now, I will go with deleting the row entirely and will add an attribute on the following row (as a hook) to keep track and insert row (if needed) later on.

 

Anyways, thanks for your valuable information!

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Apr 08, 2022 Apr 08, 2022

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Hi Shiv Allva,

I'd love to see a regular feature to either set the height of a given table row to 0 or to hide a table row or a table column. Just check InDesign UserVoice if there is a feature request and support it by voting. Or do your own feature request:

https://indesign.uservoice.com/

 

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Uwe Laubender

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