Show or hide the rulers

Use the horizontal and vertical rulers in Word to align text, graphics, tables, and other elements in your document. The horizontal ruler shows across the top of your Word document and the vertical ruler shows along the left edge of your document. Although the horizontal ruler is visible in most layout views, you might find that the Print Layout view provides the best experience.

To see both rulers, make sure you're in Print Layout view and that the vertical ruler option is turned on.

  • Option 1

    Choose View Ruler at the top of the vertical scroll bar.

    Ruler button

  • Option 2

    Choose View and clear the Ruler check box.

    Screenshot of the View tab in Word 2013, showing the Ruler option selected and highlighted.

    Tip: If you want a quick way to switch the ruler on and off, add the command to the Quick Access Toolbar. Right-click View Ruler > Add to Quick Access Toolbar.

  1. On the File tab, choose Options > Advanced.

  2. Under Display, select the Show vertical ruler in Print Layout view check box.

  3. In Show measurements in units of box, accept the default setting of Inches, or choose a different unit of measurement in the list.

    Advance Options Display

  4. Choose OK.

To see both rulers, make sure you're in Print Layout view and that the vertical ruler option is turned on.

  • Click View Ruler at the top of the vertical scroll bar.

    View ruler

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image , and then click Word Options.

  2. Click Advanced.

  3. Under Display, select the Show vertical ruler in Print Layout view check box.

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