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Ruler Measurements

Rulers appear at the top and left of the InDesign workspace. The default ruler setting is in picas, but you can change it to the measurement units of your choice in the Units and Increments pane of the Preferences window. You can also change measurements on the fly by right-clicking (Windows users) or Control-clicking (Mac users) on the ruler itself and selecting the measurement unit.

The rulers also control the document's zero point, which determines where measurement numbering will start (see Figure 25.5). The zero point's default location is to start numbering at the upper-left corner of each page. In the Units and Increments panel you can change where the zero point starts in the Preferences window. Under Ruler Units, use the Origin pop-up to specify rulers to start numbering at the Spread (puts the zero point for both pages of a double-page spread at the top left of the left page), at the Page (starts numbering at zero at the top left of each page in the document), or at the Spine (the zero point is at the intersection of the right and left pages in a spread, with numbering increasing as you go to the right or left on the ruler).


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