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Is it possible to adjust default settings for Tables? For exemple, when I create a new table, I want to have a specific default row height, width, cell insets, etc.

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No. But have you considered:

Pre-building some tables in a donor document. Work out all your favorite settings. Then, when you need it, just copy n paste a whole dressed table into your document.

Also, have you considered dressing your tables with Table Styles and Cell Styles? Pre-building styles becomes useful later on. Styles can be imported from one document into another. Styles can record everything except physical height and width.

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Setting Table default settings

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Is it possible to adjust default settings for Tables? For exemple, when I create a new table, I want to have a specific default row height, width, cell insets, etc.

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Correct answer by Mike Witherell | Adobe Community Professional

No. But have you considered:

Pre-building some tables in a donor document. Work out all your favorite settings. Then, when you need it, just copy n paste a whole dressed table into your document.

Also, have you considered dressing your tables with Table Styles and Cell Styles? Pre-building styles becomes useful later on. Styles can be imported from one document into another. Styles can record everything except physical height and width.

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No. But have you considered:

Pre-building some tables in a donor document. Work out all your favorite settings. Then, when you need it, just copy n paste a whole dressed table into your document.

Also, have you considered dressing your tables with Table Styles and Cell Styles? Pre-building styles becomes useful later on. Styles can be imported from one document into another. Styles can record everything except physical height and width.

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Thanks Mike. But here's the situation. I'm actually importing Excel tables which stay linked to the original Excel file. Once I import the table, I change all the settings to make it look nice, specially the row and column height and width and of course the cell insets. The problem occurs when I make a change in the Excel file. The table in inDesign is automatically updated, which is good, but I loose all those settings. I have to adjust al those setting over again. 

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are you using cells styles?

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Table and Cell styles do the trick. Did not think of that.

 

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They do *most* of the trick, anyways.

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