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You have margin guides that appear on screen to assist you in staying within the printable areas of the page. Margin guides are one type of layout guide that you can use when designing publications to assist you. In this tutorial, we will discuss all of the layout guides you can use.
You can add guidelines to your publication by using the buttons available in the Layout section of the Page Design tab (shown in the image to the left).
Let’s start by adding ruler guides to your publication for object alignment. You can add a ruler guide by clicking the Guides button in the Layout section of the Page Design tab.
You can choose from the built in ruler guides that appear in the drop down menu. You also have the option to Add Horizontal Ruler Guide or Add Vertical Ruler Guide from the buttons drop down menu. This will add a single horizontal or vertical ruler guide to the center of the page.
You can also adjust the position of ruler guides on screen by clicking and dragging them to a new location with your mouse pointer. Place your mouse pointer over the ruler guide until it appears to turn into a double pointed line intersected by an arrow. When you see your mouse pointer turn into this icon, just click and drag the line to the new desired location in the publication.
You can easily remove a ruler guide by simply clicking and dragging it off the publication page.
To view the grid and baseline guides, click the Guides button in the Layout section of the Page Design tab. Then select the Grid and Baseline Guides command from the drop down menu. In the Layout Guides dialog box, the Grid Guides tab will appear. You can create additional columns and rows in your publication using the settings on this tab.
Select the number of columns/rows as well as the desired spacing.
If you want to indicate the center of the columns/rows that you have added you can check the Add center guide between columns and rows check box. This will place a pink guide that indicates the actual center between columns and rows that you have added to your page.
When you are finished, select OK to apply the changes to your page.
To add baseline guides to your publication, which allow you to align text lines across multiple columns, select the Guides button again. Now click on the Grid and Baseline Guides command again to open the Layout Guides dialog box. This time select the Baseline Guides tab.
In this tab, you can enter the desired point values for the Spacing and Offset of the baseline guides in your publication.
When you are finished, select OK to apply the changes.
You can also allow the objects that you add to your publication to snap to the nearest baseline or object for alignment purposes. To do this, make sure the Guides and Objects check boxes are checked in the Layout section of the Page Design tab.
For example, if we want to ensure the two objects in the image below are aligned, we can click on one of the objects and a pink line will appear informing us they are aligned. If you pull the object away, the pink line will disappear.
This concludes the Layout tutorial.
Click next to continue to the Pages tutorial.