I have a document with multiple artboards that have different sizes, but all the same margin.

Now my problem is, that when I have two artboards next to each other, the guides I created for the margins will interfere with the artboard next to it.

Is there an option to hide all guides from artboards you are not currently working on?

Only solutions I have thought of so far:

  • positioning the arboards diagonally, so guides do not interfere
  • grouping guides per artboard and hide / unhide group

My preferred solution would of course be: as soon as I click on an object within an artboard, only the guides relevant for this artboard will show up, all others are hidden

  • I don't think there's a better way to do that, you might have to continue grouping guides per artboard
    – Luciano
    Aug 14, 2018 at 12:17

2 Answers 2


My way to do it:

I use Shift + O to call the artboard tool.

Now when I drag a guide from the Ruler, it will limit the guide to the artboard.

When I finish it it will show my guide only inside that artboard.

Make sure to release the guides before duplicating that artboard to copy the guides too.

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  • Don’t have enough reputation to comment or vote so, LoeNas, *hi-five_emoji!
    – user77593
    Oct 9, 2019 at 19:13

I recommend using InDesign for this purpose, as it handles multiple artboard sizes better and then each one can have its own margin and grid settings without interference between these.

  • ah wow ... I was completely unaware InDesign could handle different page-sizes. But now that I think about it, it probably does make a lot of sense lol
    – CrazyQwert
    Aug 14, 2018 at 13:14

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