Even width? Well, you have so much content in the cells for Nathan and Ross that I would
1) select the entire row
2) go to Table -> Unmerge Cells
(we can see that the cells are merged, right?)
3) Then use Table -> Split Cells Vertically
4) Then use Table -> Merge Cells selectively to make four equally-sized cells
I've managed to do that but I'm still having issues formatting certain tables in InDesign. In the image below, under 'TEACHING STAFF' I have five teachers names, the sixth cell I don't need. How do I remove it and fix the remaining five cells (Sue to Koro) to span the current width, without effecting anything else?
The easy way is probably to base the table on 31 columns, one for the left hand end, and 30 that you merge row by row to be either 1, 3, 5 or 6 cells.
Thanks Peter, it seems a long winded way around and I'm sure it shouldn't be this difficult. I also managed to do it by constantly splitting the cells until I can get to something 'almost' divisible by 5! And then merge in to 5 equal cells...
@FrankyEight – I think, before doing anything with a table complex like this, you have to plan ahead carefully and prepare a drawing of the finished end product. A sketch on a piece of paper that is showing:
1. The intended layout
2. The true grid of rows and columns like they are without merging any cells. Every row has the same height. Every column has the same width in that grid.
Right after that you are building a table that is according to your grid.
But with an additional row and an additional column that you will never touch until you are finished. In leaving that additional column and row alone you guarantee that merging cells will never change the underlying grid of your design.
Hint: that grid could be granular like 200 columns (max. number). Unfortunately there is also a min. width of a single column (or cell): 1.058 mm. Adobe!!! Tear down that bareer! Also the 200 columns max. value !!! (Arrrgh!)
And another one:
NEVER split cells. ALWAYS merge!
But that would only work in a granular grid I described in my last post.