When I add a new column to a table in InDesign CS6 and I click into a new created cell it has a + in the style name. When I hover over the style it shows: "Overrides(alt+click to clear): (align: flush left)".

This means that the new cell is aligned left instead of maintaining the original style, which is center aligned. Why is this happening and how can I fix it?

thanks (:

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I can't say why for sure, smells like a bug, but there is a way to stop it.

Just tested it out (CS6) and it does seem to always add a left-align override to paragraph styles in new columns. But, if you give your table cells a cell style that is set to use your centre-aligned paragraph style, then in new columns with that cell style, the paragraph style's alignment is respected and not overridden.

So, I imagine the default cell style includes something (bug?) that applies a left-aligned override. When there's a cell style that sets a paragraph style, it doesn't use that default and so doesn't apply the override.

  • Well I don't manually apply the cell style to the cell. I apply the table style to the table and it automatically add the styles to cells; header, body-normal and body-left cells.
    – Totty.js
    Feb 13, 2013 at 15:28
  • Is it the cell style that is set to apply the paragraph style? Or is the paragraph style applied manually? Feb 13, 2013 at 15:31
  • cell style defined the paragraph style;
    – Totty.js
    Feb 13, 2013 at 15:33

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