I've got a block of text in a text box and have set and enabled a custom baseline grid for that textbox, but InDesign simply ignores the custom baseline grid in favor of whatever leading value I have specified for the text in the Character panel. How do I get the custom baseline grid to be applied? Thank you.
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Make sure the Paragraph style for that text has the baseline grid switch turned on.
Baseline grid requires three steps:
1. Define baseline grid in preferences or within the textframe options
2. Choose whether or not to view the baseline grid under the View menu
3. Turn on Indents and Spacing > Align to Grid: All Lines -- in the Paragraph style that controls the text (you ARE using styles, aren't you?)
My guess is Bob that item 3 on your list is not applied by OP 😉
... aaaaaand we have a winner! Thank you Michael (and Frans), I did not turn on number 3.
I'm feeling rather foolish now, haha. Thank you.
I'd like to think this is a joke -- that the only way to force type to align to a baseline grid is to first create styles, and define the baseline grid option within that style, then force all the text into various styles. I suspect it is not a joke, as I've banged my head against the wall numerous times to try to make this happen AS IT SHOULD. Holy cow.
I'm using CC 2015, due to my need to conform to a client's software spec, but maybe you've implemented this correctly in later versions?
Hi Mike Diehl,
if you want to force text to the baseline grid you can do this also from:
 the Paragraph panel
 the Control panel
 when in InDesign CC 2019 or above: the Properties panel
Watch out for this set of controls:
( ACP )