I was given a design with content divided into a dozenish boxes per page, all made as tables in ID. This content is sentences, lists, tabs, math, etc.; it's not just a table full of numbers. The manuscript was provided as tables in a Word doc. Due to the subtle differences in how the tables are built and how the two applications handle tables, I've been unabled to find an efficient way to get the content from the DOC into the INDD. So far, only copy/pasting the content cell by cell seems to work.
I can import the whole DOC into my ID file, keeping table and text formatting, but the imported tables themselves are the wrong stroke weight, color, ...wrong everything. I need to use the tables I've already got set up in my ID template.
If I could just solve this one little problem, I'd be golden: Is there a way to copy the contents of one InDesign table to another InDesign table without carrying over the formatting of the table itself?
Ideally, I'd like to keep all the text formatting that's so easy to do upon import. I found the script PopTabUnleashed, which is close to what I need in that it strips all the cell formatting, but it also strips all the text formatting. I'm not sure if that's a step forward or a step back.
I appreciate any suggestions!
(Oh, This is a Mac and I actually get to use CS6 on this job, for once!)
I hate tables and avoid them as much as humanly possible, so take this with a liberal dose of salt, but I think you can select all of the cells at once to do your copy, then select the same number of cells in ID and paste.
Yeah, that's the typical way of doing it, but it brings the table formatting as well. I just want the text (preferably with formatting).
So it does, but if you apply a cell style to those cells before pasting that defines the formatting you want, the pasted content will show as an override to the cell style, and an Alt/Opt click on the style name should restore thme to the proper format.