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Guides

InDesign can display three types of guides: margin guides, column guides, and ruler guides. Guides are nonprinting guidelines you can use for positioning objects on the pages and pasteboard of an InDesign publication. Margin guides appear inside the page margins for a particular page. Column guides are actually pairs of guides that move as a unit. The space between the two guides making up the column guide is the gutter, or column spacing. This built-in spacing makes these guides good for—you guessed it—setting up columns. A ruler guide is a horizontal or vertical guideline you can use as an aid to aligning or positioning page items.

You use guides to mark a position on the page or pasteboard. The most important thing about guides is not just that they give you a visual reference for aligning objects to a specific location, but that they can exert a “pull” on objects you’re moving or creating. To turn on that “pull,” choose Snap to Guides from the View menu. When this option is on (it’s on by default), and you drag an object within a certain distance of a guide, InDesign snaps the object to the guide.


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