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Measuring up

The current ruler units are used in most palettes and dialog box entry fields, and of course on the rulers. You can choose a unit of measure for an individual document (instructions below) that differs from the default unit of measure that is currently chosen for the application in Edit > Preferences > Units & Undo.

Division the easy way

Let's say you want to reduce an object's width by 25%. Select the object, highlight the entire W field on the Transform palette, type “75%”, then press Return/Enter. The width will be reduced to three-quarters of its current value (e.g., 4p becomes 3p). You could also click to the right of the current entry, type an asterisk (*), type a percentage value, and press Return/Enter.

Symbols you can use
Unit Symbol
Picas p
Points pt
Inches " or in
Millimeters mm
Centimeters cm
Q (a type unit) q
Pixels px


Points 'n' picas
12 pts= 1 pica
6 picas= 1 inch




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