Section 80. Setting Margins and Columns


#80. Setting Margins and Columns

When you create a new document, you can specify the number of columns, the gutter width between columns, and a margin for each page edge. Column and margin settings are used to display guidelines that help you position text frames, graphic frames, and other elements on pages. The settings you specify in the New Document dialog box are used for all document pages unless you change the column and margin settings for the document's master page, or you change the settings for individual document pages.

Showing and Hiding Margin and Column Guides

To turn off the display of margin and column guides, choose View > Grids & Guides > Hide Guides. You can also hide all guidelines by clicking the Preview button in the toolbox.


Before you can change column and margin settings for a master page or specific document pages, you must first selector targetthe pages you want to change in the Pages palette. To target both pages of a facing-page master page, click the name of the master page. To target only the verso or recto page of a facing-page master page, click the left or right master page thumbnail. To target a document page, click its thumbnail. To target a range of documents or master pages, click the thumbnail of the first page, and then Shift-click the thumbnail of the last page. Command-click (Mac OS) or Ctrl-click (Windows) to select multiple, nonsequential master or document pages.

Margins, Bleeds, and Printing

It's easy to confuse the margin guides with the outside edge of a page or spread. Margin guides are displayed in color, whereas page edges are black. You'll probably place most elements within the margin guides, but there's no restriction on placing objects between the margin guides and the edge of the page. Objects that extend beyond the edge of the page are referred to as bleed objects. Most desktop printers cannot print to the edge of the page, which means that bleed objects get clipped.


After you've targeted the pages whose column and margin settings you want to change, choose Layout > Margins and Columns. In the Margins and Columns dialog box (Figure 80), change the margin and column settings.

Figure 80. The settings you apply in the Margins and Columns dialog box are applied to the pages targeted in the Pages palette.


If you change the settings in the Margins and Columns dialog box when no documents are open, the modified settings become the default settings used in the New Document dialog box.



Adobe InDesign CS2 How-Tos(c) 100 Essential Techniques
Adobe InDesign CS2 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques
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