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Working on a magazine in InDesign that is 204mm wide x 279mm high.

I have a header which reads: TEL: 555 123 456 YOUR FREE WEEKLY MAGAZINE 18th - 24th November 2016 (edited since in screenshot) as a three-column table, set in Helvetica LT 8pt font inside a 179mm width text box.

What I am trying to do is get the header to fit exactly as 1cm left and 1cm right.

The other document I created has the same dimensions and same header but different phone number: 204mm wide x 279mm high with a header in a 179mm text box but I am trying to get it to fit as 0.9cm left, 1cm right [left page], 0.5cm left, 1.3cm right [right page].

Magazine picture from InDesign CC

  • I'm a bit confused as to what you're struggling with, could you maybe add some screenshots? – Cai Nov 20 '16 at 15:39
  • Screenshots would be good, as this is not very clear. Are we talking about two completely different documents, or left and right-side pages in the same? Are you using only A-masters? – benteh Nov 20 '16 at 17:43
  • I've added a screenshot, and this is for B-Master - inner pages with advertising header. They are two separate documents but same page size. – whitehulme1986 Nov 20 '16 at 18:15
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It looks like you're using a 3x1 table as a holder for your header? How about splitting your header into 3 text boxes instead, align them how you'd wish. I'd take a guess at left-, center- and right-aligned, going from left to right respectively. Then adjust your 3 text boxes widths as preferred, using vertical guides if necessary.

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Seems you are asking about 2 documents. My response here refers to the first issue:

  • Your page is 204mm wide.
  • Subtract 20mm for left + right page margins. You now have 184mm, which is exactly what your table width should be.
  • Each cell width can then be adjusted independently, you just need to make sure they add up to exactly 184mm. Try 52+52+80 and ajust these until it looks right.
  • After adjusting your cell widths, make sure the text box which contains the table is also 184mm wide and move its X location to 10mm.

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