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Maybe its me not using tables correctly, but when I need to enlarge a particular column within a table, for instance the 'Comments' column below, is there not a way to get the table to simply enlarge its overall width without it trying to retain its width by reducing the size of columns to the right of it? I'd like to manually control the width of columns but Publisher keeps adjusting other columns to compensate and keep the overall table the same size.

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Hold the Shift key down when dragging the column to make it larger


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17 minutes ago, carl123 said:

Hold the Shift key down when dragging the column to make it larger

Many thanks! So is there a way to type sizes in rather than shift+drag then? I ultimately need to type sizes in rather than drag so I can be precise.

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The Table studio allows you to input precise amounts for the column widths

It's best to start with a table (the columns) wider than you need then input the values for each column.  If you start with a table smaller than you need you will run into your original problem at some point.

To make things a bit easier, if you have some columns that are all to be the same width, you can select all those columns and just set the size once in the Table studio, all selected columns will resize to that value


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Many thanks, I'll take a look.

I use the table panel to adjust most sizes  but its a shame there's no option to 'turn off' the auto table resizing. I can certainly see where it would be useful but in this instance its a bit of a pain.

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Yeah, tables are great but they need a bit more work to make them more user friendly.

Maybe we will see some major improvements to the Tables in the 1.8 betas


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Agree, I think they need a little refinement. What's most frustrating is trying to get the column resize arrow icon to appear, hovering over the line between two columns is very hit and miss and feels awkward.

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