• Raphaël Freeman

Setting the page margins in InDesign

There is much to be said on the optimal margins for a page in a book, but once you have determined what your margins are, setting them in InDesign is not so simple.

For quite some time, I would fiddle with the values until they were just so, but I decided that there must be a better way of doing this. To that end, I created a little excel spreadsheet that calculates the various values.

Below is a video explaining the problem and the solution using the spreadsheet.

So I was intrigued by this problem and knew that a script would be much better solution. Rather than commissioning a script, I decided it was time to write my very first script! So after 25 years since getting a degree on Computer Science, I have done it. It’s not bullet-proof, but it works pretty well. Just select some text on the page and run the gridifier script.

If you want the spreadsheet mentioned in the video above or the new script that I have just written, email me and I’ll send it to you with compliments.

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And finally, if you have any other solutions that work differently or better still, better than the above, then please leave in the comments selection below.

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