Ruler and column guides

Guides are non-printing, non-exporting lines that float over page objects and assist with their positioning. There are two types of guides to aid a variety of designs—ruler and column. They can be created and positioned by dragging from a ruler (for 'by eye' placement) or via the Guides Manager (for precision using the document's units or a percentage).

Text frame, footer text, and icons aligned to ruler guides. Dashed guides are from master page.
Column guides
Text frames and graphics aligned to three-column guide.

Ruler guides

Ruler guides can be set in accordance with the horizontal or vertical ruler, but can be freely moved and positioned on your page.

Add new guide To add a ruler guide:

Do one of the following:

Move Horizontal Cursor Move Vertical Cursor To move a placed ruler guide:

Do one of the following:

To position ruler guides by percentage:
  1. From the View menu, select Guides Manager.
  2. Select the Percent option.

Percentages are calculated from the top-left of the document page.

To reposition the spread origin:
To show or hide ruler guides:
To preview your page without this design aid:

Do one of the following:

Remove guide To remove ruler guides:

Do one of the following:

To lock all guides:

Column guides

Column guides allow you to specify a number of evenly spaced columns and rows and are perfect for designing layouts such as web mockups.

To add a column guide:
To show or hide column guides:
To remove column guides: