I'm working on a panel design for a museum in indesign. The design has a sections of text and images contained by a box. Right now I'm using a text box with inset spacing to see the inner margins of the section, like this:

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However, this is not a great solution for me because I can't see the guides once I click off of the text box:

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Is there a way to set indesign so that I can see the inset spacing margins all of the time without having to click on the object?


I do have a grid set up:

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However the grid doesn't allow me to create consistent "padding" around subsections of the page, like this. enter image description here

  • Ideally you would configure guides on master pages rather than using a page-covering text box.
    – Scott
    Commented Aug 20, 2019 at 20:17
  • Hard to see what's going on, when we can't see the whole page. Why can't you just use ordinary page margins? Is it because you have several similar panels on one big page? The you could create the panels in one document with the page size set to the size of the panels and then place the pages of that document in a larger one.
    – Wolff
    Commented Aug 20, 2019 at 20:22
  • Your layout is quite complex. I can understand why you want to use the inset spacing of the text frames for padding. I don't think there is a way to force the inset to be visible all the time. You can still snap to it though.
    – Wolff
    Commented Aug 20, 2019 at 21:19
  • how do you snap to the inset?
    – Emily
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 15:36
  • Like all other snapping. Drag an object near the inset and it will snap to it (if you have Smart Guides enabled).
    – Wolff
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 22:33

1 Answer 1

  1. Use custom guides https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/ruler-guides.html, or
  2. Use proper page margins https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/how-to/margins-and-columns.html

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