View Grids and Guides in Adobe InDesign CS6

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Steps

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    To begin, you should open Adobe InDesign either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon
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    Clicking this will bring up a list of your recently used programs.
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    Click "Adobe InDesign" if you see it on the list
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    InDesign has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID" on it.
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    Otherwise, click the search bar at the bottom of the screen and type "Adobe InDesign"
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    Then, click "Adobe InDesign CS6"
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    Click "File" on the bar at the top-left of the window
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    Move the cursor to "New" and click "Document..."
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    Alternatively, you could click "Open...". This will create a new document. You can also do this with the shortcut "Ctrl" + "N". For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and on how to open an existing document.
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    Let's just click "OK"
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    First, notice that rulers and guides appear around our workspace as a default. There is a way to change the measurement units.
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    If you would like to change your rulers or add more guides, click "View" at the top of the screen
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    Click "Hide Rulers"
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    You can also press "Ctrl" + "R" on your keyboard.
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    If you press "Ctrl" + "R" again, the rulers will be shown again
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    It's better to leave the rulers on the screen because InDesign is generally used for publications or presentations. The extra guide lines help to align images and text to polish everything up.
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    Now, click "View" again
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    Move the cursor to "Grids & Guides"
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    A menu will appear where you can experiment with different guides.
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    You can check or uncheck other guides
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    It is recommended to check as many guides as possible as they will only make your job easier when using InDesign. The default setting is three checked options.
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    You can check "Hide Guides"
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    You can check "Lock Guides"
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    You can uncheck "Snap to Guides"
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    This will prevent images from snapping to a certain point in the document. Unchecking these options will give more freedom. You can uncheck "Smart Guides" too. "Smart Guides" show lines that help to align images and text at the edges or the centers.
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use grids, rulers, and guides in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or queries regarding this video or the program used, then just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for using VisiHow!

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