Creating simple tables with EasyCatalog

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Simple product information tables


Tables are an integral part of most product catalogues. In their simplest form, tables demonstrate each of the products within a product collection, including:

  • Product code/SKU
  • Product name or simple description
  • Fundamental product attributes (e.g. length, width, height)
  • Price

Simple product table

Tables and EasyCatalog

EasyCatalog is able to quickly and efficiently convert product data into simple tables, creating a table row for each product record within the data.

EasyCatalog is also able to handle hierarchical data within a table, allowing you to place summary data at a parent category level (or levels) and then create a row below for each product record.

Beyond the simple tables shown within this guide, EasyCatalog also supports the creation of more complex tables. View our Which table design is right for my catalogue? guide if you need help determining which table style to use.

Before you proceed

  • InDesign document
  • Idea of proposed layout
  • EasyCatalog panel already setup
  • Product data (a sample will do if not final)

Data hierarchy

A typical table will include product information for each record contained within your data source. If you’re using a file-based data source (e.g. Excel or CSV) then this translates to each row of your spreadsheet. (For more complex data, a record is the terminal level of the hierarchy. The unique field specifier selected when the panel was originally setup describes this level.)

EasyCatalog panel setup showing key describing unique record identifier

Creating an EasyCatalog ready table

Design your table

  1. Insert (or copy) a regular InDesign table.
  2. Adjust the column widths to fit your proposed content.
  3. Make the top row a header row by going to Table > Convert Rows > To Header.

Insert Field Specifiers

  1. Position your cursor
  2. Right click on appropriate field and choose Insert Field Specifier. If the Insert Field Specifier option is not available you may need to check that the cursor is correctly located within your table. You may also need to move outside an existing field specifier – EasyCatalog can’t insert one field specifier inside an existing one.

Style table as required

The EasyCatalog field specifiers may be styled as required. A majority of this formatting will be undertaken with InDesign’s native functionality, though some items are enhanced using EasyCatalog’s specialised table management functionality.

We strongly recommend you use a new paragraph style for each different text element. (You may choose to inherit common properties using InDesign’s Based On feature.)

Alternate row striping


Merging cells with matching values

If you’d like to simplify the information displayed to merge common cells together, simply select the cell you’d like to merge and go to Table > Cell options on the EasyCatalog Panel flyout menu.

Horizontal Merging

Choose either Merge With Next If Content Matches or Merge With Next If Content Matches (Ignoring Empty Cells).

Vertical merging

Choose either Merge With Next If Content Matches or Merge With Next If Content Matches (Ignoring Empty Cells).

Hiding/deleting unused columns


Saving your table in an EasyCatalog library

Configure Pagination Rules

Add to library




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