How to Snap Grids in inDesign

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How to Snap Grids in inDesign
Snapping objects to the baseline grid in InDesign gives your document a clean, professional look. ( Images)

When working in Adobe InDesign, baseline grids allow you to align objects and text with tight precision. This may seem like a minor feature, but rest assured -- whether or not your objects are "snapped to the grid" could determine whether or not your documents look clean and professional. So, how do you go about snapping objects to the grid in InDesign, or snapping objects to a self-created grid or guide? InDesign makes it easy.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Specify the "snap-to zone" of your grid or guide. In your InDesign document, click "Edit," then "Preferences," then "Guides & Pasteboard." Under the "Guides & Pasteboard" section, you can specify a pixel number in the "Snap To Zone" box that will determine how close an object must be to the grid to "snap to" it.

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    Make your guide or grid visible in your document. Grids or guides must be visible for objects to snap to them. To make your grids or guides visible, go to "View," "Grids & Guides," then select the options that will show the grids and guides. Be sure the "Snap To Baseline Grid" or "Snap To Guide" option is checked.

  3. 3

    Drag objects where you would like them to be placed in the document. The snap-to feature will automatically position the objects precisely to the grid angles. Once the object is within the snap-to zone, it will automatically position itself against the nearest grid angle.

Tips and warnings

  • If you'd like to create your own guides to snap objects to, go to "Layout" and then "Create Guides."

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