Change Default Unit of Measurements in QuarkXPress

Fri, Feb 8, 2013


Like many applications, QuarkXPress lets you change its defaults for new documents. For example, maybe you prefer to work in picas, inches or centimeters. To set QuarkXPress so that every new document uses your preferred unit of measurement, first be sure that no document is open. (Otherwise, your changes will only apply to the current document!)

Then choose Preferences… from either the QuarkXPress menu (Mac) or Edit menu (Windows). Under the Default Print Layout section, you’ll see Measurements. Set it to your preferred unit of measurement.

Prefs>Print Layout>Measurements

If you’re working on a document, you can change its unit of measurement by simply Control/Ctrl-clicking or right-clicking on each ruler and choosing the unit of measurement you prefer:


Note: you don’t have to change the unit of measurements of your document to use different units — just type your preferred value into any field, along with the unit. For example: type 1 in or 2 cm or 3 p. QuarkXPress will convert your value to the current units for you!

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3 Responses to “Change Default Unit of Measurements in QuarkXPress”

  1. Mandy Says:

    thank you. this helped me out so much

  2. kittycat Says:

    But i have changed the default preferences to mm – but when I open a new document in quark again the settings revert back to inches –how can i fix this – it doesn’t seem normal – it may be work has a dodgy version?

  3. Matthias Guenther Says:

    You need to please change preferences with NO document open, then it changes the defaults for newly created documents. Thanks.

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