In other words, x: 0.0" is in the upper left corner, as expected, but y: 0.0" is in the lower left corner. I don't know how this happened!
How do I set the ruler so that both the 0.0" coordinate for both x and y is in the upper left hand corner (as is standard in most programs)?
You can change the page origin by dragging from the location where the rulers meet.
You can also use a VBA macro to set the page origin to match your preferences.
Both of those are mentioned in this thread: Page reference issue in corelDraw 2019...0,0 not where it should be!
Thank you, Eskimo!
I still don't know exactly what happened, but if I can fix it, it's okay.
If you are usually creating new documents with the same page size and orientation, then you could try moving the page origin location to your preferred location, then using Tools>Save Settings as Default to set that for future documents.
Personally, I've changed my approach to new documents, and usually start a new document based on a template rather than using the "Create a New Document" dialog. For me, that is an easier way to have a bunch of document properties and assets just the way I want them to be.
I'm actually trying to set up my first template. I will have to make a few for the catalogs, newsletters, and books I'm responsible for. I've used Quark Xpress for many years, but will have to transition to Corel.
So now I have another puzzle: I have both 0.0" coordinates in the upper left, but when I enter coordinates for a horizontal guideline like "y: 0.25", the line is outside the page. I have to enter "y: -0.25" to place it where I need it: on the page.
The vertical coordinates do not behave this way. If I enter "x: 0.25, " the line appears 0.25" inside the page, as expected.
Is this just the way it is and I have to get used to it, or can I change the settings somehow to make the coordinates behave like they do for every other program I've used (Microsoft Word, Quark, Photoshop, Scribus, PHOTO-PAINT, etc.)?
What you describe is what I consider to be normal for CorelDRAW. I am not aware of a way to change it to have Y increasing from top-to-bottom. If there is a way to do it, then perhaps someone will share it here.
If I understand correctly, Adobe Illustrator at one time used by default "first quadrant" coordinates (X increases going from left-to-right, Y increases going from bottom-to-top), and switched to by default using "fourth quadrant" coordinates (X increases going from left-to-right, Y increases going from top-to-bottom) with CS5.
Gotcha. I appreciate you taking the time to reply to my posts! I will try to be patient with myself and Coreldraw as I adapt to it.