Okay, maybe I can clarify my question. If I want to modify the basic table style, is this a correct list of steps?:
- Create two paragraph styles — one for the body rows and one for the header row.
- Create two cell styles — one for the body rows and one for the header row.
- Modify the the Basic Table style and set the Header Rows to use the Header paragraph style and the Body Rows to use the Body paragraph style.
Shouldn't that give me the ability to create a new table (Table > Insert Table) using these styles?
Select the styles when nothing is selected and use the command Remove Overrides several times. Take care that none cell style is preselected.
That didn't work for me, but, for anyone reading this thread down the road, this did: I created a new document and loaded the various styles I cared about from the previous document — paragraph styles, object styles, etc. everything EXCEPT for the table and cell styles. Then I followed the steps I listed above and created new cell and table styles. The difference this time is that (1) I didn't modify the [Basic Table] style (per some advice from here), and (2) I made sure to get all the styles unselected everywhere (per advice from indesignsecrets.com). Then I resaved the template, and everything's working great.