How to import .tab files without mappable object or geometry into Spectrum

Product affected: Spectrum™ Technology Platform, MapInfo Pro™
Versions: All supported versions
Operating System: Windows, Linux, UNIX
In MapInfo Professional, go into Table > Maintenance > Table Structure and ensure that the table is mappable.

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This creates a .map file that is associated with the .tab, which will allow Named Maps and Named Tables to be created with the data file.
UPDATED:  December 5, 2019