Show or hide the ruler

Horizontal and vertical rulers help you align text, graphics, tables, and other elements in your document.

Vertiacl and horizontal rulers help you align shapes on the page
  1. To see the rulers, choose View and select the Ruler check box.

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

  2. If you don't see the vertical ruler, go to the File tab, choose Options > Advanced, and under Display, select the Show vertical ruler in Print Layout view check box.

    Tip: This is also where you can switch the ruler to show inches, centimeters, or other units of measure.

    Select Show vertical ruler in Print Layout view, and choose a unit of measurement
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