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Chapter 2. Page Layout > Adjusting Layouts

Adjusting Layouts

What happens when you change the margins of a page, or apply a different master page? Should the items on the affected pages move or resize to match the new page geometry? Or should they stay as they are? You decide. Choose Layout Adjustment from the Layout menu to see the Layout Adjustment dialog box (see Figure 2-41). Here’s a quick walk-through of the controls here.

Figure 2-41. Adjusting Layouts

When the Enable Layout Adjustment option is off, InDesign does not change the position or size of page objects when you change the geometry of the page...

...even for a change as radical as changing page orientation.

Turn on the Enable Layout Adjustment option, and InDesign changes the position and size of page objects in response to changes in page size, orientation, column setup, or margins. The options in the Layout Adjustment dialog box give you a way to “fine tune” the automated adjustment process.

Here’s the layout, as adjusted by InDesign.

Ruler guide positions are very important to the layout adjustment feature. In this example, changing the page size changes the shape and position of the graphics—all because of their relationship to the ruler guides that surround them.

As the ruler guides move, InDesign resizes the graphics you’ve “stuck” to the ruler guides.



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