Show or hide the ruler

The ruler provides visual cues to help you place text and slide objects. When you don’t need it anymore, you can hide the ruler.

There are two rulers in PowerPoint: one displays horizontally at the top of the active slide, and the other displays vertically along the left edge of the slide (shown below).


To show the ruler, click View, and in the Show group, check Ruler.

Show ruler

To hide the ruler, click View, and in the Show group, uncheck Ruler.

Hide the rulers

To permanently hide the vertical ruler, click File > Options > Advanced, scroll down to the Display section, and uncheck Show vertical ruler.

Show vertical ruler check box

Tip: The ruler is not available in all views, such as Slide Sorter view. If the Ruler box is grayed out, try switching to Normal view.

Related topics

Connect with an expert
Contact us
Expand your skills
Explore training

Was this information helpful?

Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you for your feedback! It sounds like it might be helpful to connect you to one of our Office support agents.