InDesign merge cells is more a faux merge, they aren't exactly merged so when you distribute across merged cells it doesn't really do it right.
You can go to Unmerge cells, then distribute, then remerge your cells.
Unless someone has a better idea?
Great, thank you Eugene!
The thing is they are distributed evenly before I merge but one of the cells need more text so I merged it with the next cell which needs to remain empty. It seems impossible! Any more ideas?
I can't even delete the empty cell and then redistribute the other cells. aaaarrgghh!!
Hard to know what's going without screengrabs.
Ok hang on then
Yes - that won't be possible as Row2: Column 1, 2 are connected to the rest of the table.
InDesign cannot handle this request.
You'd have to split those cells vertically and move them manually - just tried it there and it's not easy.
Ok thank you Eugene will carry on having a mess about.
@drive70 – for this table you'll need a grid of 15 x 11 cells (or at least 13 x 11 cells).
Best start with 15 columns.
Distribute them evenly horizontally.
Now do the merge where needed.
E.g. for cell 2 in column 1 of your layout in the screengrab, use 3 grid cells of row 2.
For the next cell use 4 grid cells, etc.pp.
Here an illustration:
The upper one is the initial GRID, 15 x 11 cells PLUS (and this is very important!) a 12th row, you will NOT touch ever during the merge process, or you'll lose flexibility!
The bottom table is the one I started to merge cells like you want…
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I can't thank you enough for taking the time to reply. I really appreciate it. This is perfect and exactly what I meant! Really, thank you! You're brilliant! And visuals too amazing! I just love this forum and all you people who are total brainiacs!