Adobe Illustrator/InDesign


I am having problems with my units and increments especially regarding my rulers. I have set them to Inches; however, when I open a new documents the ruler starts at zero in the center of my page and increases in Inches outwards to the left and right instead of just from left to right.
Like so:
< -8- 7- 6- 5- 4- 3- 2- 1- 0 -1 -2 -3 -4 -5 -6 -7 -8 ->
I have no idea how to fix this! The inches also increase and decrease in size as I zoom in and out on page document. How do I keep them at a fixed setting?
Thank you

Hi Shane

Your rulers are set to "Spine" meaning the center of your spread is 0. Right click the horizontal ruler to change it in one document. Or close all documents and go to preferences "Units and Increments" and change it there for a permanent solution.



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