5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2013 1:14 PM by upholsteress
upholsteress Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I am trying to create a custom invoice from one of Apple's templates.  When  I tab from the last column, it creates a new column, instead of wrapping to the beginning of the next row - which is what I expected  it to do.    A quick check of several templates  in Apples collection resulted in the same response.  So...

Is there any way to  lock thatlast column and make the tab button wrap to the beginning of the next row?





MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.5), iPod3, iPhone5
  • 1. Re: Limiting Columns?
    Wayne Contello Level 6 Level 6 (13,615 points)

    Unfortunately there is no control to force the behaviour you want.  You can adjust the behavior of the return key in the Table inspector:


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    You can provide feedback to Apple via the menu item "Numbers > Provide Numbers Feedback"

  • 2. Re: Limiting Columns?
    upholsteress Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks Wayne.   I kinda figured that  I would hear that.. :-(    I will check that option  you mentioned.



  • 3. Re: Limiting Columns?
    Badunit Level 6 Level 6 (10,815 points)

    Try using the arrow keys for navigation. The right arrow key will not add a new column nor will the down arrow key add a new row.

  • 4. Re: Limiting Columns?
    Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,995 points)



    When you are finished with the entry in the last column, hit Return instead of Tab and you will be taken to the next row in the same column as your first entry. This only works this way if you follow a set pattern and if you have set the "Return Key move to next cell" option in the Table Inspector. If you jump around the pattern will be broken and it will not behave as you wish. Experiment with a new scratch table and you will see what I am describing.



  • 5. Re: Limiting Columns?
    upholsteress Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you both for the addional information.  I guess it boils down  learning to use a different  keystroke.