[character styles only visible[enter image description here]1 when just type in one cell highlighted][2cell styles panel only[]]2I would like to highlight an entire column or row and apply a Character style to that row or column but I cannot. I tried cell styles and cannot get font attributes to be applied? I think I know so much and realize I hardly know anything about indesign yet work in it everyday. Example first COLUMN I have a different color and style font from all other columns except for one.

  • Not sure I understand.. you highlight the column/row and apply the style just like you would a text frame.
    – Scott
    Feb 14 '18 at 19:07
  • You are right, haste makes waste, I apologize. I am working in INDesign CC and have different fonts and font color in one column and the rest of the columns. I am changing the color and although the font change is a NEW character style, when I highlight the whole column to be changed the character style is grayed out, so I am only able to highlight each cell in order to apply the character style to that font. This is very tedious, needless to say.
    – Amych
    Feb 14 '18 at 19:20
  • Still not seeing an issue, here. I can highlight a column and apply a character style across teh entire thing in one click. Any chance you need to override a cell style or something?
    – Scott
    Feb 14 '18 at 20:23
  • I can highlight an entire column and change the color by going to the color palette and then keep the highlighted column and go to the Font and change the font but I am looking to do this by highlighting and then clicking ONCE onto the character style but the character styles do not show up in the character styles box, only cell styles are in that box. Cell styles are accessible but not character styles. Can i add pictures in this query?
    – Amych
    Feb 14 '18 at 21:33
  • Well, cell styles appear in the Cell Styles Panel.. character styles appear in the Character Styles Panel.. it's two different panels. If you are seeing Cell Styles, you're looking at the wrong panel. And yes you can ad images to the question, just click the EDIT link below it.
    – Scott
    Feb 14 '18 at 21:42

Apparently you are expecting the Control Bar to show both cell and character styles. It doesn't if you are working on a table. If working on a table the control bar shows cell and table styles rather than paragraph and character styles.

You need to actually open the Character Styles Panel via Window > Styles > Character Styles.

From the Character Styles Panel you can assign the character style to the entire column. You merely can't assign character styles via the control bar if you are working on a table. The Control Bar is meant to be a shortcut to commonly used options and not a path to each and every option possible.

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    YAY!!!!! Silly me, expecting a shortcut in a control bar!! Thank you! Now I how do I rate you or push your answer to the top? I hope this helps others with the same silliness!
    – Amych
    Feb 14 '18 at 22:13
  • @Amych: by voting, but you need to get a minimum of 15 reputation first (by asking good questions or answering others). From the Help center: "Awarded At: 15 Reputation" (Help Center > Privileges > Vote Up)
    – Jongware
    Feb 14 '18 at 23:54
  • Thank you so much, I will do my part! This is great, my project is so much easier today!
    – Amych
    Feb 15 '18 at 14:09

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