I've got a document that has hundreds of tables. When i import (through place) all of the tables default to a 0p4 space before and -0p4 space after. I've set the default table prior to the import but the import ignores those settings. How do i get the after space set without touching each table
Most likely the tables are using the Default Table style.
This change will affect all of the tables in your document, unless you created a different table style and used it. I've never understood why the 4p/-4p settings were built into the default; they don't work for any of my designs and I permanently change the default to my settings (that is, change the Basic Table's defaults without a document being open; all future documents will have that new setting).
Sometimes, tables come in with the old +4/-4 pts spacing, in spite of my changes to the default Basic Table style. I find that the table has come in with overrides. In that case, select the entire table and click the icon to remove manual overrides.
Let us know if any of this helps resolve the problem.
Nope doesn't change a thing.
I edited basic table to be 0p0 before 2p0 after. No other table styles defined. Still imports with 0p4 and -0p4.
Went in an changed basic table default to 0p0 and 2p0 with no document open. Closed indesign and restarted. Default is at 0p0 and 2p0. Still imports at 0p4 -0p4.
Very frustrated. Shouldn't be this hard.
Did you select the table and remove any overrides? (see the text above that's in between the graphics)
The tables appear to be coming in as not [basic table] but [No Table Style]. If i then apply basic table that has to happen on each individual table and not document wide. And while changing from [no table style] to [basic table] then causes an override which you can take out but it takes two sections for each table. Not what i need.
Yes, I can see that. It's been a couple of years since I had to bring in a slew of tables and automatically format them, and something has definitely changed since then.
Please go to www.InDesign.Uservoice.Com and file these issue as a bug with a request to improve the import of tables.
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I assume you mean a Word document? Wondering if there's something you could "grab" and use Find/Change. For example, if each table is inline, perhaps you could create a style that creates negative spacing between paragraphs. Something along these lines: https://creativepro.com/use-findchange-to-find-tables/. Just a direction to think about.