I just tested this and found no problems.
I'm on Mac OSX 10.10.3 with InDesign CC 2015.2 v18.104.22.168.
What do you exactly mean by: "when table is across columns" ?
A. The table is flowing from column to column in a multi-column text frame?
B. The table is flowing from a threaded text frame to the next one where the text frames are positioned as columns on the page?
C. The table width exceeds the text frame or the column of a text frame?
Can you show a screenshot?
Hm… are you using the "Span Columns" Paragraph Style feature in that text frame before the table?
I guess so. Mabe that's the culprit? I'll test that as well…
Back again: Yes, after I tried to insert two paragraphs before the table with "Span Columns", I tried to set the distance after the span to two millimeters.
InDesign CC 2015.2 obviously does not like that and hangs. That's a bug. Your situation might be a bit different, but you also experience a hang.
Yes, I've got a subheader spanning columns. My workaround is just to make all edits to cells with the frame set to 1 column, then I switch to 3 column when I'm ready
Great, that you found a workaround. Not so great, that InDesign is hanging…
So best practice here is:
1. Have a one-column text frame with a paragraph that is set to "Span all Columns" followed by a table.
2. Make all necessary edits to the table in that configuration.
3. When done change the numbers of columns to three.
Correct me if I'm wrong.
Please do a bug report here:
And when doing a bug report provide a link to the crash report you are seeing when you do a force quit with InDesign…
(I don't think you are allowed to paste the whole crash report to the bug report form)
Will do. Thanks Uwe
Just got another couple of hangs…
One paragraph that spans all columns followed by a table in a three-column text frame:
Tried to add rows to the table at the end of the table by dragging selected rows => hang.
No problem to add rows in the middle of the table.
Also changing the alignment of the text from top to bottom of the text frame in the text frame preferences will force a hang.
This is a serious problem!
Also: Tried this all in InDesign CS6 v8.1.0 and had the same problems.
It seems this issue is with us for some years.
So the question is: How can we avoid this all?
Answer: Do not use the "Span Columns" feature, if tables are involved.
In your special case, if I judge the screenshot right, you could do without a table converting the existing table to text and setting the columns with tabs.
This is inconvenient, since the raw data would come in from Excel or a diffrent spreadsheet app.
Or working with two threaded text frames. One with a 1-column design holding the headline and the subhead, the other one with a 3-column one holding the table.
The formatting of the paragraph style that holds the character that itself represents the table could be set in a way that the table always starts in a new text frame with the "Next Frame" option:
Or doing the layout with two totally separated text frames…
Indesign 2015 is crashing reliably when using laying out tables. Doesn't require merged cells or cross-column tables at all. Frustrating and time-consuming.