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Tip of the Week: Controlling Ruler Guide Visibility With View Threshold

This InDesign tip on setting ruler guide visibility threshold was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on May 23, 2018.

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Guides can be a great help in positioning items on the page, but they can also clutter up your view. You can hide all guides by doing things like putting them on their own layer and hiding the layer, or switching to Preview mode. But there’s another option you can take advantage of that will make guides disappear automatically depending on your zoom level.

Every guide has a View Threshold setting that you can see and change by selecting the guide and choosing Layout > Ruler Guides.

InDesign View Threshold setting in Ruler Guides dialog box

The default is 5% which also happens to be InDesign’s minimum zoom level, so your guides will always be visible unless you edit this setting.

default ruler guides view threshold 5%

If you increase the View Threshold, then the guides will only appear when you are zoomed to that magnification or higher. So, for example, setting the threshold to 200% will keep your guides hidden until you zoom in for close-up work.
ruler guides view threshold 200%

 

Bonus tip: Change the threshold with no guides selected to make a new default setting for all new guides you make.

Mike Rankin

Mike Rankin

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