Show or hide the rulers in Word for Mac

You can use the horizontal and vertical rulers in Word to align text, graphics, tables, and other elements in your document. The vertical ruler appears only in Print Layout view.

Show or hide the rulers

  • To show the rulers, on the View tab, select the Ruler box. To hide rulers, clear the Ruler box.

    The Ruler option is highlighted on the View tab.

    The horizontal ruler displays in Print Layout and Draft views. The vertical ruler only shows in Print Layout view.

  • 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. On the Word menu click Preferences > View (under Authoring and Proofing Tools). 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. On the Word menu, click Preferences > General (under Authoring and Proofing Tools).

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

  • To view the ruler, on the View menu, click Ruler.

  • To hide the rulers, on the View menu, clear the check mark next to Ruler.

To show rulers only when you position your mouse over the rulers, do the following:

  1. On the View menu, clear the check mark next to Ruler.

  2. On the Word menu, click Preferences.

  3. Under Authoring and Proofing Tools, click General, and then select the Autohide rulers check box.

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