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Tip of the Week: Using Optical Margin Alignment

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Punctuation at the margin of a text frame can make the left or right sides of a column appear misaligned. Fix that by turning on InDesign’s Optical Margin Alignment: Put your cursor in the story, choose Type > Story, and check the Optical Margin Alignment box in the Story panel.

InTo turn off optical margin alignment for certain types of paragraphs (bullets and numbered lists, for example), select the Ignore Optical Margin option in your Paragraph Style Options.

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Nigel French

Nigel French

Nigel French is a graphic designer, photographer, author, and teacher living in Lewes, UK. He is the author of InDesign Type and Photoshop Unmasked, both from Adobe Press, as well as several titles in the online training library, including InDesign Typography.
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