How to Manage a Table as an Anchored Object in Adobe InDesign

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In Brief...

In Adobe InDesign, tables are always anchored objects within a text frame, and they can be anchored before or after regular body text. An anchored object is basically any kind of frame within a text frame, which means typography options like text alignment and paragraph spacing can be applied to the object. In many cases, it's easier to format the table first, then anchor it in the text frame where it belongs.

Instructions

  1. Using the Type Tool, select the entire table and copy it. (Hint: With the cursor insert in the table text, hover over the top left corner of the table so that the cursor changes to a diagonal arrow, then click to select the entire table.)
    Select Table

  2. Insert your text cursor in the text frame where the table is to be anchored and paste the table. If you look closely after pasting, you'll see a tall cursor blinking at the right edge of the anchored table. You could even drag back over the table to highlight it as you would text.
    Anchored Table

  3. Type formatting can now be applied. In the example shown, the alignment has been set to center and additional space before has been applied.
    Paragraph Formatting Applied to Table

Author: Kate Cahill

Kate Cahill is a graphic designer, writer, and creative director who has developed content for print and web. As creative director, she has produced award-winning work for agencies focused on the pharmaceutical, and health and beauty aid industries. She has also served as production manager, with responsibility for the successful fulfillment of long-run print contracts. Kate has been delivering training for Webucator clients since 2010. Her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technology, combined with hands-on practical experience, brings an added benefit to her class. Kate teaches real-world techniques and integration of Adobe software, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint to produce a fully-developed and cohesive brand identity.

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