NO, but workaround create a rectangle the size of cell then convert to button and anchored to cell.
In indesign cc 2015 select cell then from table>convert cell to graphic cell, then convert to button.
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how would you add text to a button, after you converted the graphic frame of a graphic cell to a button?
It seems that this is not possible without scripting.
So how about adding text to the graphic cell that you want to convert to a button?
That's only possible, if you have a group of objects, a text frame together with another object, paste that group inside the graphic frame of the graphic cell and then convert either the graphic frame of the graphic cell to a button or convert the pasted in text frame to a button.
But that's not advisable at all.
There is a bug with InDesign CC 2015 and graphic cells that containing text frames.
InDesign will crash immediately, if you try to duplicate or copy/paste the table.
In fact InDesign will even crash, if you try to duplicate the page that contains such a table.
Lots of question, Uwe! I'll give you a partial answer as it's bedtime.
I created a table, converted two cells to graphic cells, selected them with the Selection tool and converted them to buttons.
Not sure why one would ever put text in a graphic cell? (Why make a graphic cell if you want text in the cell?) Maybe I misunderstood the question?
I did not know about the bug, as my workflow has been anchored buttons in table cells with assorted styles, so I tested it. You are not 100% correct, InDesign did not crash immediately—it wasn't until the third or fourth Opt+drag before it crashed, and oh! you were absolutely correct that it will crash each and every time.
After my final test I filled out the following crash report.
I also filed a bug report on this issue.
The question why anyone wants to put text inside a graphic cell is easy: a graphic cell contains a graphic frame.
So that question boils down to: Why would anyone put live text inside a graphic frame?
For example if you want to be playful:
Another example is someone who wants to have an image (a flag) plus the name of the corrensponding country (editable text) together in a table cell. And build that with datamerge:
And finally this thread now comes up with: Buttons in table cells.
Buttons where you can work with symbols (vector graphics), images (bitmaps) and text (editable text) to show the user: "Click me".
Multistate objects (MSOs) inside table cells? Why not? And I've seen a lot of MSOs containing text frames.
Everything goes. A container is a container is a container. Multipurpose so to say.
More on the crash:
Duplicating pages with a table containing graphic cells with text frames will crash InDesign.
Also moving pages from document to document.
I completely agree that it may not be a good use case for "text inside a graphic cell" but MSO, Button with text should behave as expected.
Thanks for your Insights and reporting the bug. I am looking into it.
Don't get me wrong on this, Monica.
If a button or a MSO is anchored to a text cell, InDesign will not crash if the page is duplicated.
It's only if the button or MSO with a text frame is positioned inside a graphic cell.
Nah!! Not at All Uwe :).