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How to Type or Insert a Tab in a Table in InDesign CS3, CS4 and CS5
I had to use tables in InDesign at work when I discovered typing a tab in a table cell is not as simple as pressing the tab key. Huh???
Inserting a table in InDesign is easy but just how on earth do you then type a tab in a cell of a table? The cursor hops over to the next cell when I pressed the tab key. It was rather frustrating as the result was not what I was after.
Well, here is tip on a part of InDesign that does not seem to have much attention on, but am fortunate enough to discover it through networking. Once again, it is really simple now that I know it!
To insert a tab inside a table cell
Press Option-Tab (Yeah, it's that simple)
Alt-Tab is default for you to flip through all of your opened programs. So in order to insert a tab inside a table cell, simply go to Type > Insert Special Character > Other > Tab.
Assign a Keyboard Shortcut
The alternative is to assign a keyboard shortcut to it. Go then to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. When a window pops out, go to Product Area and select Type Menu. In the Commands area, select Insert Special Character:Other:Tab.
Note that “Tab” has been already made as the default keyboard shortcut but this only works when in a text frame.
To add another keyboard shortcut for inserting a tab inside a table cell, select “Table” from the Context pop-up menu. Assign Ctrl+Tab as a new shortcut. So whenever I am looking to add a tab inside a cell in the PC platform, all I do is press Control-Tab.
Adobe InDesign Software and Resource
That is all there is to it. A quick and easy way of inserting tabs into table cells in InDesign.
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