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Can I use Word tables in InDesign? Any way to import tables made with Word?

Community Beginner ,
Jul 07, 2013

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Hi, I'm new here...  Well, the title says it all: I need to use (basically unchanged) nearly 100 tables from a book made recently with Word... Can I import them?

It wouldn't be a problem making one new one (lines, etc...) with InDesign and then fill with text, but...  why repeat 100 different tables (that's my case) already done I can use without changes...  There must be a way to at least place a Word table into an ID document...  Thanks for all kinds of comments!

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Can I use Word tables in InDesign? Any way to import tables made with Word?

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Hi, I'm new here...  Well, the title says it all: I need to use (basically unchanged) nearly 100 tables from a book made recently with Word... Can I import them?

It wouldn't be a problem making one new one (lines, etc...) with InDesign and then fill with text, but...  why repeat 100 different tables (that's my case) already done I can use without changes...  There must be a way to at least place a Word table into an ID document...  Thanks for all kinds of comments!

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Jul 07, 2013

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Have you ever tried it?

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Yes...  After selecting the table in its original file in Word, I tried to copy it on my InDesign file: The table wasn't copied, but only the text, out of place...

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Jul 07, 2013

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Use file > place with show options and place the entire Word file.

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Jul 07, 2013

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Wow, that worked.  Thank you, Bob...  Now I got the table in InDesign, just like the original one, but it's bigger than the page I use in InDesign because the original book in Word was wider... So these are the new questions: Should I make each table smaller in Word before placing them in InDesign? Or can I make them smaller inside InDesign?

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You're going to need to to tweak in ID anyway so you might just as well do it there.

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OK, this looks like great news for me... So I understand ID places the Word table, and once inside ID, indeed ID sees it as a table you can vary... Is there any basic menu to vary one imported table, or is it a graphic (mouse) thing?  I really appreciate your advice, Bob...  I don't have much experience with tables in ID...  For example, how can I make the whole table smaller? Only by varying the placing of the lines one by one, or can I make it smaller in the way we make a jpg smaller?

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I see it will require to change positions line by line...  It's a great and fast option...  It's great ID recognizes Word tables... Thanks a lot for your help!

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Mar 30, 2015

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thank you! it works!

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Jun 02, 2016

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Willi, if you don't have anything helpful to say why don't you just go ahead and not say anything? Of course she tried, and wasn't able to do it successfully — that's why she came here to ask for help. Troll.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 02, 2016

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Such comments infuriate me!

With 5,320 points on his account, I think Willi helps enough people here! ... And you!!! 

Moreover, He's absolutely right: everybody knows it's so much easier to ask a question rather than making oneself researches [InDesign documentation, Web, here on this forum).

As Gaston could say: "Yes, we can! M'enfin!" 

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Jun 02, 2016

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Sorry, if a question doen't give any detailed Information what she tried or not and did not describe her Problem, I have to assume that she did not give any serious try. My question was to get more Information.

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Jun 02, 2016

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@kristinwilson May I draw your attention to the fact that you've replied to a 3-year old thread with absolutely nothing useful to add. I will also warn you that personal insults are a violation of the terms you agreed to. Don't do it again.

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@boblevine, you're a bully. 

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May 13, 2020

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Ah, my day wouldn't be complete without being insulted by an anonymous keyboard jockey on a 7-year old thread. It must be glorious to have absolutely nothing important to worry about.

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