InDesign Help desperatly needed!

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by stimpycat, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. stimpycat macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2007
    Hi - I am running indesign CS3 and have got myself into a hole with some financial reports I am doing with a client - for some reason CS3 doesn't seem to have the option to pad cells - which is causing me a real headache.

    The problem is I want the bold separating lines to have gaps between the two columns - as it is there is no inside padding on the cells and so any line looks like a complete line as opposed to 2.

    I have attached an image of the problem - I can obviously put a column between them both but that really isn't ideal as it creates an extra column with extra lines.

    The problem (want a gap between the thick lines - 2007 and 2006)

    Sample solution (not ideal at all)
  2. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    Try this...

    This is from CS2:
    Select the text.
    Table>Cell Options>Text.
    Set the cell insets.
  3. stimpycat thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2007
  4. zarathustra macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2002
    Philadelphia, PA
    You mean like this?

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  5. benpatient macrumors 68000

    Nov 4, 2003
    you can select the cells on either side in the columns you want to have visually separated, and then create a white line 4-5 points thick between those two columns...or do you really want 2 thin dividing lines between the columns?

    I don't think we're exactly clear on what you want it to look like...
  6. kitki83 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    How can you make excel editable in indesign, you just dropped it in?
  7. stimpycat thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2007
  8. ac6789 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2007
    possible solution?

    I don't know if you can do what you want with tables settings, but I've mimicked the effect using a paragraph style sheet, by adding a "rule below" and adjusting the offset to have the rule sit where you need it.

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  9. stimpycat thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2007
    Excellent! TY

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