How to Group Guides?

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Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021

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Is there no way to group guides in InDesign? Group is greyed out when I select two or more guides.

 

(InDesign Version 16.0.1 x64 on Windows 10 Pro Version 20H2)

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021
You could use the “Create guides” feature:

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Once your grid is done, select the pair of guides you want to move and indicate their new position, using the x or y field

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Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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I don't think it has ever been possible. Why would you need to do this? If you need to lock or hide some guides, you can use different layers.

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Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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So that I can maintain consistent spacing between pairs of guides while I adjust their position. 

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Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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Even if they are not grouped, you can select more than one guide and move them together, either with the arrow keys or by entering a numeric value in the x or y field in the control panel.

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Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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Yes, but I can't use Align and Distribute to reposition them.

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Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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I have no problem using the  Align panel to distribute selected guides:

 

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Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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Yes, but can you use it for pairs of guides? 

 

I want to be able to create custom columns with gutters by distributing pairs of guides across areas of the page. Does that make sense? (Not that it matters – you've already answered the question: You cannot group guides in InDesign.)

 

Thank you!

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You could use the “Create guides” feature:

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That doesn't allow me to reposition the guides where I want. Thanks, though!

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Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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Once your grid is done, select the pair of guides you want to move and indicate their new position, using the x or y field

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May 07, 2021 May 07, 2021

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Hi InfoDevPro,

hm…

 

We also could consider a "group" of guides with an additional page on the spread in a non-facing pages document. The page itself will act as a group for the guides. You can move the page with the guides around using the Page Tool. You even can move the page on top of other pages in the spread.

 

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Now, aligning that selected page is only possible with aligning it to another page. For this you add the other page to your selection using the Shift key when the Page tool is still active. Then you could use the Alignment panel to align both pages:

 

MovePageWithGuidesAroundOnTheSpread-2.png

 

The two pages aligned, the "group" of guides aligned:

MovePageWithGuidesAroundOnTheSpread-3.png

Yes, I know, this all is rather academic…

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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