Adobe FrameMaker: Removing Table Overrides
By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker
Updated: Oct 6, 2019
My authors prepare their tables in Word or Excel. They frequently take the time to format them and make them look pretty, and then I import them into FrameMaker. FrameMaker will maintain most of the formatting upon import, but that’s rarely my goal. I will have table styles waiting in FrameMaker, and want quickly assign them so that the tables will conform to my style guide specifications. The first problem I encounter is that after I click in the table, open the Table Designer, pick my format and then choose Apply, I’m ignored!
Here’s why. When my authors pre-format the tables, they put overrides on each one, and FrameMaker is honoring those overrides. Use these seven simple steps to remove them:
- Drag to select a few cells within the table
- Edit > Select All of Table (Ctrl+A)
- Table > Custom Ruling and Shading (Esc tx)
- Check everything in the Dialog box
- Set Apply Ruling Style to “From Table”
- Set Custom Cell Shading to “From Table”
- Click Apply.
- Now, reapply the Table Format.
Of course, you’ll need to repeat this for each imported table.