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1. Look in your control panel. There is an input box to enter an exact column width.
2. Look in your control panel. There is a set of Vertical Alignment boxes -- presumably you have "Align at Bottom" selected.
These options are visible when you select a cell, row, or an entire table: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/indesign/cs/using/WSa285fff53dea4f8617383751001ea8cb3f-6d6ca.h tml
The control panel provides handy shortcuts, but both can also be set in the general table/cell setup dialog: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/indesign/cs/using/WS968F9868-CB1F-40be-A131-F50CD0CDDCFBa.html
I know I can set a column width, but how about the entire table?
Also the cell with the graphic is set to align at top. I placed the graphic with the cursor right before the first word in the paragraph, and then used the anchor object controls to move the graphic down. The text gets forced down this way.
Is there a better way of doing this?
While you cannot set a hard measurement to an entire table, I did find a workaround - Add a row and merge all the cells. You can then adjust the table by setting that merged cell's width. Kinda funky, but works.
Still have not solved the text align problem though. Has to be how the image was placed. I notice that when I place the cursor between the image and the first letter of the paragraph (where I placed the image), the flashing cursor line is huge (not the the size of the text, and goes all the way to the top of the cell. This is what is pushing down the text, but don't know how to change the size to let the text align correctly to the top.
An in-line image forces the leading of the entire line to its height, the rest of the text is still at the same baseline. Actually, an anchored image doesn't behave this way (it floats whereever you drag it to), so it seems you don't have it anchored.
Can you make another screen shot showing invisible characters? That way it's easier to see how you constructed this. (No need to keep on using photobucket, you can insert your image directly into your post using the "camera" icon in the tool bar.)
For the moment: the easiest way to accomplish what you want would be to insert a column to put just the images in.
An in-line image forces the leading of the entire line to its height,
Only, I think, when the leading is set to Auto. Fixed leading should behave differetnly.
I was under the impression that I was placing this as an anchored image, since I used the text tool to paste it in front of the "E", As I would for images in non-table situations.
Also realize now that the path of least resistance to this task would have been to simple place the image in another cell. Was trying to (optimistically) save space. :-)
Think that solving this problem would be valuable for other users.
In the screen shot above I don't see an anchor marker in the text, and given your description of how you pasted it, I would say that it is, indeed, inline. Further, as the first character in the cell, while the leading behavior would be different for fixed or auto, in this case it makes no effective difference because it is on the first line and wrap is applied.
All you really need to do is use the selection tool to drag the image downward until the top aligns with the top of the text, I think.