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Show the ruler

Show the ruler

  1. Go to View and select Ruler.

    Show and hide the ruler with a checkbox on the ribbon

  2. To show the vertical ruler

    1. Go to File > Options > Advanced.

    2. Select the Show vertical ruler in Print Layout view under Display.

Show the rulers

  1. Go to View > Ruler.

    The Ruler option is highlighted on the View tab.

  2. If the vertical ruler doesn't show, make sure you're in Print Layout view. If it still doesn't show, you might need to turn the ruler on.

    1. Go to Word > Preferences > View (under Authoring and Proofing Tools).

    2. Then, in the View dialog box, select the Vertical ruler box.

      Vertical ruler is highlighted in the View dialog box.

Change the unit of measure

You can change the unit of measurement displayed on the rulers, to do this:

  1. Go to Word > Preferences > General (under Authoring and Proofing Tools).

  2. In Show measurement in units of, select the unit of measurement you want to use.

You can’t show rulers in Word for the web unfortunately. But if you have the Word desktop application, click Open in Word to open the document and see rulers.

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