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When you're working with ruler guides on a page inside InDesign or a spread, it's important to know where the ruler origin point is oriented. By default, it's always in the upper left-hand corner of the page or the spread. So here you can see where (0,0) marks in the page. It's in the upper left-hand corner. Now from time to time you may want to change that zero point. And the reason it's important is as you drag items around the page or drag out a ruler guide, you will see the X value changing on your cursor and in the Control panel, and that number is referencing the origin point.
So right now when I pause my mouse it's 2.5 inches from the upper left-hand corner of the page. So I am going to let go of my mouse and delete that guide. Now sometimes you might have an element on the page. I am just going to drag a rectangle, let's say. You may want to create another object that's a certain amount of distance away from this particular rectangle. Now you could try to do the math, right? You can say, "Okay. How far is it "from the left-hand edge to this edge of the rectangle?? And then figure out how wide the rectangle is and then figure out how much space you need for the next item. Whatever.
That's just too much complication. So sometimes it's actually easier to just go ahead and change your origin point. So I am going to get my Selection tool and deselect, and you can see I have my rectangle there. I am going go to 100%, just to clean up the drawing there. If I go to the intersection of the rulers, you will see there's a double line there. I am just going to click and drag, and then you can reposition the origin point wherever you want. So I am going to move it and snap it to the upper left-hand corner of that object and now my (0,0) is referenced from the left-hand corner of that object. So that's pretty handy.
So now if I draw a some other object, my X, Y value now tells me how far away the object is from that reference point. Okay? So there you go. When you want to change it back to the default (0,0), simply double-click in the intersection of the rulers to take it back to the upper left-hand corner of the page or spread.
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