How to set gridlines to line up your book

2 min. readlast update: 10.17.2023

If you want to set up a grid overlay on top of either your book cover or your book interior to line up certain elements with each other, please follow these steps. 

By default, there will be certain gridlines on the page, but these are all customizable. 

Start off by selecting the grid lines option near the left menu:  


This will open up the grid lines options: 


Adding a vertical line and horizontal line will add these to the center of the project page. 

You can also set up an entire grid over either your cover, or an internal page of your book by selecting add grid: 


This will open up an option that asks you have many columns you want. This number must be between 0 and 18. The number you select will determine the number of lines within your grid. 

Once you put in this number, it will ask you for the number of rows. 

To make things easy, here is what it looks like where we add 10 to both: 


Note: Once a grid is placed on a page, you can select each line by clicking on it, to manually move it around the page: 


If you are adding a grid or lines to interior pages, there is an option to apply that same grid to ALL interior pages: 


Note: Grid lines do NOT download in your final project, these are simply added to help you align your artwork and text. 

How do I change the settings for the grids and margins? 

In order to change the settings of your grid as well as the KDP margins that are shown by default, please go to settings in the top menu: 


This will open up the guides and grids option. 


Here, you can set objects to “snap” when moving them around to better help with alignment. You can also set a snap distance. 

Below this option, you will be able to enable or disable guide lines and KDP margins. 

Finally, you have the option to change the grid lines color as well as the guide lines color to make these easier to see! 

Click on save to enable these changes, or click on reset default if you do not like what you are seeing.  

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