When you change the width of a column in a table in QuarkXPress, one of two things happen: either the entire table changes width to accommodate the new column width, or the table stays the same width while the other columns adapt to the change.
To resize one column or row while maintaining the widths of the other columns and rows (but changing the width of the entire table), just use the Content (hand) tool to drag the line that separates it from other columns or rows:
To maintain the size of the table, but force the other columns to adapt to the column you’re changing, first go to Item> Modify (Command-M/Ctrl-M), choose the Table tab, and turn on the Maintain Geometry checkbox. This tells XPress not to change the size of the table when you change the size of its cells:
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.