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Why can't I see InDesign's Baseline Grid?

If you can't see InDesign's Baseline Grid there are a number of possible reasons why. The first thing to check is whether you've asked for them to be visible: check that View>Grids & Guides displays Show Baseline Grid.

If the grid is still not showing, the next thing to check is that you're not currently in Preview Mode, (useView>Screen Mode>Normal) as that will hide anything that won't print, including the Baseline Grid.

If the grid is still not showing, then zoom in, and eventually it should appear. This is because by default it won't display if you are viewing your page at less than 75% magnification. If you have a small screen you might want to change InDesign's preferences so that the grid will appear when you're looking at the whole page. To do this, choose InDesign>Preferences>Grids (Edit>Preferences>Grids on PC) and lower the View Threshold value to around 50%.

Why can't I select my text? Why has the baseline grid ruined my text? How do I make the most of InDesign's many text options? If you've ever asked any of these types of questions, our mini pdf guide to InDesign text issues is written for you. Find the answers to these questions and half a dozen more.

Why Has My InDesign Text Suddenly Got Huge Gaps Between Every Line?

If your text has suddenly acquired huge spaces between its lines (technical term: Leading), the chances are you've adjusted text that's supposed to be sitting on a Baseline Grid. This grid is used to align text neatly across columns, and when set up and used well will work beautifully.

But if the text is changed from how it's been designed to appear, the baseline grid can cause havoc. This is because it assumes that the leading of the text will be the same as its Increment Every value.

To see what this value is, choose InDesign>Preferences>Grids (Edit>Preferences>Grids on PC) and look at the Increment Every value. The leading of your text should be no greater than this value, because if it is, it will snap to the baseline grid, but to only every other line.

So a quick way to fix the problem is to select all of your text and adjust its Leading value so that it's the same as the grid's Increment Every value. Better though, in the long run, is to learn about Paragraph Styles and how not to override them. If you'd like to learn how to do that, download our free guide mentioned below.

Why can't I select my text? Why has the baseline grid ruined my text? How do I make the most of InDesign's many text options? If you've ever asked any of these types of questions, our mini pdf guide to InDesign text issues is written for you. Find the answers to these questions and half a dozen more.