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Setting monitor PPI in Indesign 2020? Show 1:1 pixels on a 2010 iMac

Explorer ,
Nov 22, 2019 Nov 22, 2019

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Hello,

I am drafting some website wireframes in indesign 2020.
My document size is set to 982 x 1200 pixels with rulers set to pixels.
When I set 'View > Actual Size' the page displays too large.
My monitor is a 2010 iMac with a PPI of 108
I have to scale the view to 66.666666% to get a 1:1 view of my document.
Is there a way I can get Indesign 2020 to recognise the 108 ppi of my monitor and show 1:1 pixels at View > Actual Size?
(Just like I can set Photoshop Preferences > Units > Screen Resolution)

 

My apologies if this has been asked before on the forum ... I have read so many conflicting claims online about this in Indesign.

Regards, Peter

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As a bonus tip, is there a way to set monitor ppi in Acrobat DC so that shows 1:1 pixels at 'actual size' too?

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Community Expert , Nov 22, 2019 Nov 22, 2019

InDesign has a preference that lets you set a custom monitor resolution, that is not available via the UI, but can be scripted. So this JS sets the 100% zoom to 1:1, which was the zoom scale prior to CS6:

 

app.generalPreferences.customMonitorPpi = 72;
app.generalPreferences.useCustomMonitorResolution = true;
app.activeWindow.zoomPercentage = 100;

 

If you need to set the zoom back to the default where 100% equals the 100% print output view use this:

 

//reset to print
app.generalPreferences.use
...

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Nov 22, 2019 Nov 22, 2019

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Why in the world of responsive sites and mobile devices would you even attempt to do this with InDesign? There are far better tools for this.

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InDesign has a preference that lets you set a custom monitor resolution, that is not available via the UI, but can be scripted. So this JS sets the 100% zoom to 1:1, which was the zoom scale prior to CS6:

 

app.generalPreferences.customMonitorPpi = 72;
app.generalPreferences.useCustomMonitorResolution = true;
app.activeWindow.zoomPercentage = 100;

 

If you need to set the zoom back to the default where 100% equals the 100% print output view use this:

 

//reset to print
app.generalPreferences.useCustomMonitorResolution = false;
app.activeWindow.zoomPercentage = 100;

 

If you want to do the same in Acrobat set the Page Display Custom Resolution Preference to 72ppi with no documents open.

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Nov 22, 2019 Nov 22, 2019

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Thanks indeed Rob!

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Perfect, thanks!

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