Anyone who has streamlined over to print design from web design probably gets frustrated that InDesign doesn’t offer tables with the same padding options that HTML does. But that doesn’t mean you can’t trick your tables a little to mimic the same kind of padding you’d get in the web world.
To mimic web-table cell padding:
- Select the Type tool and highlight your table cells.
- Choose Table > Cell Options > Text to open the Cell Options dialog box.
- Increase the Cell Insets. We set the Cell Insets to 1p4.
- Click on the Strokes And Fills tab, increase the weight, and change the line type. For our example, we set the weight to 6 pt and selected Thick Thin from the Type pop-up menu.
Source: New Horizons Computer Learning Center