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Tip of the Week: Targeting Table Borders and Strokes

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AnchorIf you often work with tables in InDesign, you should take advantage of the table stroke proxy in the Control panel. The proxy appears when you have one or more table cells selected, and gives you the ability to quickly target specific cell strokes, and then change the formatting applied to them.

InDesign table stroke proxy in Control panel

Clicking one of the proxy lines will select or deselect it.

targeting one table stroke in InDesign table stroke proxy in Control panel

Clicking one of the nodes where proxy lines meet will select or deselect all lines that touch that node.

targeting two table strokes in InDesign table stroke proxy in Control panel

And right-clicking on the proxy gives you a contextual menu where you can target certain strokes even faster and easier. With it, you can instantly select or clear (deselect) the table border, inner strokes, or all strokes.

right clicking InDesign table stroke proxy in Control panel to select or clear table borders and strokes

 

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One Comment on “Tip of the Week: Targeting Table Borders and Strokes

  1. Here’s an addition to the tip: TRIPLE-CLICKING between the proxy lines toggles between selecting all the proxy lines or deselecting all the proxy lines.

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