InDesign’s Layout Grid—fact or fiction?

Recently, in researching for a new title that I have been working on, I came across this page on Adobe Support for a feature called Layout Grids:

They look fantastic, but the only thing is are they seem not to exist at all. There’s lots of mention of really exciting stuff like character grids for horizontal and vertical text, a Horizontal Grid Tool and a Vertical Grid Tool, but they are as evident as unicorns in my world.

The page prompts users to choose Layout > Layout Grid and modify settings such as:

Direction: Select Horizontal for text to flow left to right horizontally, and Vertical for text to flow top to bottom vertically.
Font: Select font family and font style.The font selected will become the Frame Grid default setting. Furthermore, if the grid is set as ICF in the Character Grid in Preferences, the grid size varies depending on the ICF of the font selected. (See Customize layout and frame grids.)
Size: Specify the font size to be used as a base for the body text in the layout grid. This determines the size of individual grid cells within the layout grid.
Vertical and Horizontal: Specify the transformation ratio as a percentage for the font defined in the grid. The size of the grid will alter according to these settings.

It seems it would also be possible to set a measure by establishing a line count of characters, too. This sounds absolutely brilliant—but where is it hiding? With the unicorns, I guess.

I know that over the last few years I have been focused much more on Illustrator and the mobile design tools, but didn’t think I’d missed anything at all, let alone something this important in the world of InDesign. To check my sanity, I messaged my friend and InDesign guru Nigel French, who was equally baffled. So where is the Layout Grid feature? Is it one of those things that got pulled at the last minute from the MAX 2017 release, perhaps—and no-one remembered to let the web team know?

Who can solve this Indesign mystery?

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