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Author David Blatner provides in-depth training on InDesign CS5, the print and interactive page layout application from Adobe, in InDesign CS5 Essential Training. The course shows how to create new documents with strong and flexible master pages, precisely position text and graphics, prepare documents for print, and export designs as interactive PDF or Flash SWF files. Exercise files are included with the course.
As scientists like to say, if you can measure it, it must be there. But how do we measure things in InDesign? Well measurements show up in a number of locations including the Control panel up here and in the rulers inside the document window. But in this case this document is set to points and I don't think in points. I think in picas or you might think in millimeters or inches. What do you do? How did you change the measurements to what you use? No problem, the easiest way to do it is by right clicking on the ruler or Ctrl+ Clicking with a one-button mouse.
In this case, I'll Right Click and I will see a list of a whole bunch of different measurements here. Points, picas, inches choose whatever you want. Let's go ahead and choose Millimeters for example. When I choose Millimeters, you'll see that all my horizontal measurements are now in millimeters. Even up here in the Control panel, the horizontal measurements are millimeters but the vertical measurements are still in points. To get the vertical measurement in points I'd have to Right Click or Ctrl+Click with a one-button mouse on the vertical ruler here and change this. Or if I want to change both the horizontal and the vertical ruler at the same time, I would Right Click on the place that the rulers intersect, that little corner in the upper left corner of this document window.
I'll Right Click on that and you can see a whole bunch of measurements here and if I change this to let's say inches, now everything is in inches. Now some people don't like seeing the rulers on here at all. They just find it distracting. You can turn those off by Right- Clicking on it and choosing Hide Rulers or by pressing Cmd+R on the Mac, or Ctrl+R on Windows. That just makes them go away or you can go to the View menu and turn the rulers on or off from the Show Rulers or Hide Rulers feature in the View menu. Now this is great, I've changed the measurement to what I want it to be, in this case it's inches, but the problem is that this only changed this one document.
It doesn't change it for all the future documents I'm creating and that's going to get really frustrating. But there is a solution and I'm going to cover how to change all future documents, how to change the defaults in the movie on Setting Preferences later on in this Chapter.
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