Set up baseline grid

This ingenious script saves you many mouse clicks and gives you better access to the settings of the baseline grid.

Surely you know all about the baseline grid in InDesign.

When you see this script, ask yourself why Adobe makes access to the baseline grid settings so complicated.

Take a look and be happy! 😍

In a nutshell:

One window - all options at your fingertips

You will always see the following elements in the script window:

On the left-hand side , you can set the unit of measurement in which you want to set the baseline grid. Simply change the unit of measurement; InDesign will convert the values for you. You can hide and show the baseline grid using the “Eye” symbol.

On the right-hand side, you can use the checkered symbol to make the script window transparent. A brilliant idea if the window is in your way, without having to close it. If the changed settings are not implemented by InDesign, click the round double arrow to update the display.


Here you can set the document baseline grid according to your requirements. The six symbols are explained in the tooltip.

Columns and bridges

In addition to the settings of the baseline rater, you can also set the bars and columns of your document. 

With transfer to sample page

Note that you can use the “Sample page” button to transfer the current settings to a sample page! How great is that? You can test, try out and check the settings on a page with objects, text frames, image frames, etc. And if you like them, transfer them to a sample page!


Set your desired color and the threshold value herefrom when the baseline grid should be displayed. In contrast to the standard settings in the InDesign default settings, the changes are immediately visible and implemented in the document.


Here you can make settings for your object format directly. Clear and direct! GREAT!

And here is the video that briefly explains everything again

One window for all baseline grid settings


In principle, yes. But Adobe announced in 2023 that the synchronization of “Creative Cloud Files” will be discontinued in 2024. See here. This means that cross-team collaboration with “Creative Cloud Files” no longer works.

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