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Chapter 6. Formats > To align text to a grid:

To align text to a grid:

1.
Take note of what the current leading for your body text is. Also, go to Item menu > Modify, click the Text tab, then jot down the current First Baseline: Offset value on a scrap of paper (paperless office? Ha!).

2.
Optional: To display the non-printing gridlines, choose View > Show Baseline Grid (Option-F7/Ctrl-F7). Note: If the Option-F7 shortcut doesn't work in Mac OS 9x, go to Control Panels > Keyboard, click Function Keys, uncheck the box under Hot Function Key Settings, click OK, then close the Keyboard dialog box.

3.
Choose Edit > Preferences > Preferences, then click Document–Paragraph.

4.
Enter as the Start value the vertical (y) position of the First Baseline of the text (from Item > Modify).

5.
Enter as the Baseline Grid: Increment the current leading value or a multiple of the leading value.

6.
Click OK.

7.
To snap text to the grid lines, select the paragraphs you want to lock (or better yet, use a style sheet), choose Style > Formats, check Lock to Baseline Grid, then click OK . Note: If vertical justification is on, only the first and last lines in the column will lock to the grid.

Figure 1. Text aligned across columns using Lock to Baseline Grid


Note: Also see the information about Maintain Leading on page 389.

TIP

You might not want to lock subheads to the grid.



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