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Change the Default Measurement Unit

I don't know picas from pigeons, but that's what InDesign insists I learn. My colleagues and I are used to using inches for specifying measures, have been for years. Are we hopelessly out of touch with the professional design world?


You obviously live in the United States, where inches seem to have permeated almost every aspect of culture. (Even spam! We keep getting emails that want to help us add inches to one part of our anatomy or another.) Of course, in Europe the most common graphic design measurement unit is the millimeter. Fortunately, you can changeInDesign's default measurement unit to just about anything you want. For your tastes, open the Preferences dialog box, choose the Units and Increments panel, and pick Inches from both the Horizontal and Vertical popup menus. If you want this setting to be the default for all documents you create from now on, make the change with no documents open (for more info, see the sidebar, “Customizing InDesign's Application Defaults” below).



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