Creating custom tables

Using the Table Formats panel, you can create and store your own custom table formats for use throughout your document.

A table format works as a template, storing the underlying structure of the table but not its content. Table formats are used to save an existing table's structure (or format) and then reapply the same formatting to any new tables at any time later for consistency. You can customise saved table formats in the Table Formats panel and create table formats from scratch using the Edit Table Formats dialog.

Customising tables formats allows you to:

If you're looking for design freedom, you can create your own format from scratch.

Custom tables
To access the Table Formats panel:

Do one of the following:

Panel Preferences To create a new custom table format from scratch:
Panel Preferences To save a table as a new custom table format:
Panel Preferences To edit a custom table format:

Do one of the following:

The Edit Table Format dialog displays a preview of the header and row cells that make up the table format on the left, a list of available formats which can be applied to the table in the centre, and formatting properties on the right.

Edit table format

Selecting table cells from the preview window will highlight the style for reformatting in the central Cell Formats pane.

To resize the preview table:
To create a new cell format:
To delete an existing cell format:

The table preview window contains row and column handles. These handles can be moved around to create header and footer areas, which determine the´╗┐portions of the table considered to be non-repeating. The cells outside of the header and footer areas will have their cell formatting repeated as the table grows.

To add a table footer:
To add a row header:
To add a repeating pattern:
Panel Preferences To save table formatting as a default:

Do one of the following:

Panel Preferences To apply custom table formatting:

Do one of the following:

To import table formats:
  1. From the Table Formats panel, click on the Panel Preferences menu and choose Import Formats.
  2. Locate the Affinity file you want to import formats from and click Open.
  3. A list of formats will appear, giving you the ability to select the format(s) you wish to import, rename incoming formats, or resolve any import conflicts.
  4. When you are ready to import the selected format(s), click OK.