Add and modify table frame fields

After you have added a table frame to a layout, you may want to make further modifications to individual fields in the table. You can add and remove fields, change field order, edit the width of one or more fields, and modify the appearance of the field. Field formatting can also be saved as a default for all new fields added to the table.

Format fields

Fields in the table can be added, removed, and reordered to highlight pertinent information. This is done in the Contents pane. To add a field, right-click the table frame, click Add field, and choose a field from the list. To remove a field, right-click it and click Remove. You can also uncheck a field to turn off its visibility. To reorder fields, click the Drawing Order button List By Drawing Order in the Contents pane, and select the fields and drag them into the order you prefer.

You can make changes to individual fields, all fields, or a selected subset of fields. To make changes to all fields in the table frame, in the Contents pane, right-click the table frame and click Properties. The Element pane appears. In the Element pane, under Fields, click Show properties. This selects all fields in the table and displays their properties.

To make changes to an individual field, select it in the Contents pane, right-click it, and click Properties. To make changes to some fields, press the Ctrl or Shift key on your keyboard while selecting the fields, right-click, and click Properties. The Element pane appears, showing the properties for the selected fields.


Table frame fields use the formatting (aliases, significant digits, and so on) from the table itself. To make changes to the fields of the table, right-click the table frame and click Open. On the View tab, in the Field group, click Fields to begin making changes. For more information, see Fields.

Modify field properties

With one or more fields selected in the Contents pane, you can modify the properties in the Element pane.

Auto width is checked by default, meaning the field will automatically widen to fit all the data. When it is not checked, you can set the width of the field in the units of the page. If set to a specific width, the values of some fields may be truncated. You can check Enable word wrapping, which will write the data on multiple lines if the field is too narrow to fit all the information.


If the table frame is using the Adjust font size or Adjust font size and columns fitting strategy, Auto width will be overridden.

You can modify the Heading text, Data text, Background, Border, and Vertical line symbols by clicking their respective Symbol button and choosing a new symbol from the gallery, or changing the properties of the existing symbol. Changing the properties of a symbol allows you to set the color, size, text font, text justification, and more.

Once you've modified a field, you can save it to a style to use again in future projects without needing to redo the formatting. Apply a saved table frame style to one or more selected fields field by choosing a style from the Table Frame Field Gallery drop-down gallery Table frame field gallery on the Format tab.

Save as default

Once a field's properties have been set, you can save those properties so they can be applied to any newly added fields in the table by right-clicking the field in the Contents pane and clicking Save as Default. Any additional fields will now have the formatting of the selected field. If the table source is updated, all new fields will also have this formatting.


Save as Default only applies to fields in a table frame. Any new table frames added to the layout will not have the saved default settings.

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