Ruler Preferences in MS Word

Dennis Faas's picture

Personally I always have my Ruler in view while working in MS Word. I would be lost without it. Most folks give me a hard time when I train them and tell them that they have to have their Show/Hide activated and their Ruler visible. They say they find it distracting to see all the non-printing characters and the ruler. I say to them is that they must learn to live with it so that they know what is going on in their documents. If you want to run with the big dogs and be a power user, you simply must become accustomed to having these features enabled.

So now that you all have your Ruler visible in MS Word, I will teach you a few things about it:

The first thing you need to know is that if your Ruler is not visible, simply click on View | Ruler. Yes, it's that simple.

Want a reason why you should have your Ruler visible? Well alrighty then!

One of the biggest reasons I know is so that you use it to place the tabs in your document where you want them!

Ok, so now you know how to view your Ruler and you have a very good reason to use it but suppose, after looking at it you decide it just isn't the the kind of measurement you are used to or that you care to use? Geez, you've gone to all the trouble to learn something new and it isn't even what you wanted!

Take heart! You can change your Ruler to suit your own personal preferences. You can control the units of measurement on the Ruler in MS Word.

Follow the steps below to find out how:

  1. Click on Tools | Options.
  2. Click on the General tab.
  3. At the bottom, find the measurement units field.
  4. Use the drop-down list to select your measuring preference.
  5. Click OK.

Your Ruler is now measuring things your way.

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