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I am stumped and am hoping you call can help -

I've created a table with multiple rows and columns and have inserted the text needed for the document. I've applied text characteristics but for some reason the text won't top align; I've highlighted and entered Align Top, which it shows that tab being selected, but in the document itself the text is still set down in the row. Ideas? I've tried creating a new document and am still seeing same issue. I've gone into Table/CellOptions/Text and not had any luck their either.

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select your table and click as in my screenshot

 

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text alignment issues within a table

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I am stumped and am hoping you call can help -

I've created a table with multiple rows and columns and have inserted the text needed for the document. I've applied text characteristics but for some reason the text won't top align; I've highlighted and entered Align Top, which it shows that tab being selected, but in the document itself the text is still set down in the row. Ideas? I've tried creating a new document and am still seeing same issue. I've gone into Table/CellOptions/Text and not had any luck their either.

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By default, tables come with some built-in "Cell Inset". Otherwise, your top-aligned text would butt right up against the stroke at the top of the cell.

 

"I've gone into Table/CellOptions/Text and not had any luck their either."

 

That's the right place to go to adjust the Cell Insets, but you must select the cells you want to affect beforehand.

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Thanks for the quick response but I’ve all ready tried this with no
success. I feel like I must have somehow changed a style or a setting
inadvertently somewhere as I’ve not encountered this with any other table
I’ve created ...

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If the cells have defaulted to an At-Least dimension of height, the cell will shrink-wrap so-to-speak to the volume of the text. Therefore you won't see align to top causing any visible change.

Try setting the Cell or Row Height to Exactly and choose a dimensional measure of height.

Also, consider defining how the cell, column, or row should look and behave by defining cellstyles.

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I tried this as well 😞

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the fastest way to help you is if you share indesign file with this table with us

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sure - am new to the community so wasn't aware we could do that but how do I as I don't see an attachment option above ... only a link to url

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ok link to download your file

 

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It's not a url it's an .indd file ...

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Yes, upload your file to dropbox (or similar) and share the link with us

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What is the first basline option for each cell?

Select all cells, open the Cell Options, and under the Text tab check what is set for first baseline.

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It is set to Ascent and 0p0

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Try setting it to Exact. That way you can simply specify the distance from the top.

Also, check what the top offset for the cell is. I think by default it's 4pt. Sometimes, for short cells, that is enough to push the text all the way down.

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select your table and click as in my screenshot

 

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Yes!!!! Thank you so much! I knew it had to be a simple tiny thing that I was overlooking. I really appreciate your help!

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