Using the rulers and dot grid

The WebPlus rulers mimic the paste-up artist's T-square, and serve several purposes:

To switch on rulers:

The actual interval size of the ruler marks depends on the current zoom percentage. In zoomed-out view, for example at 50%, there's less distance between ruler marks than when zoomed-in to 150%. To handle work where you want finer control or smaller snapping increments, click a zoom button to magnify the page.

Adjusting rulers

The horizontal ruler lies along the top of the WebPlus window and the vertical ruler along the left edge. The default ruler intersection is the top-left corner of the pasteboard area. The default zero point is the top-left corner of the page area.

(A) Ruler intersection; (B) Tab marker.

To move the rulers:

To define a new zero point:

To restore the original ruler position and zero point:

By default, rulers are unlocked to allow the rulers to snap to objects, as well as the zero point. It's possible to lock the rulers to prevent this.

To lock the rulers:

Rulers as a measuring tool

The most obvious role for rulers is as a measuring tool. As you move the mouse pointer, small lines along each ruler display the current horizontal and vertical cursor position. When you click to select an object, shared ruler regions indicate the object's left, right, top, and bottom edges. Each region has a zero point relative to the object's upper left corner, so you can see the object's dimensions at a glance.


Using the dot grid

The dot grid is a matrix of dots or lines based on ruler units, covering the page and pasteboard areas. Like page guides, it's handy for both visual alignment and snapping.

To turn the dot grid on and off:

You can also set the grid spacing, style, and colour via Tools>Options>Layout>Guides.

To change the grid spacing, style, and/or colour: