How to Show the Ruler in Word 2013


You can have a ruler visible both above and to the left of your document in Word 2013, depending upon which view you are currently using. These rulers are helpful when you are visually formatting your document, so their absence can make that difficult when you are accustomed to using them.

Our guide below will show you how to enable the display of the rulers in Word 2013, and also provides a helpful chart that identifies which rulers are visible in each different view.

 

Showing the Ruler in Word 2013

The steps in this article will show you how to display a ruler that has been hidden in Word 2013. Note that the ruler that is shown with your document can vary depending upon the view that is currently selected in the program. You can adjust the View by clicking the View tab at the top of the window, then selecting one of the options in the Views section at the left side of the ribbon.

switching views in word 2013

 

When you have completed the steps in this guide, then the visibility of the rulers will be:

 

View  Is the Horizontal Ruler Visible?  Is the Vertical Ruler Visible?
 Read Mode  No  No
 Print Layout  Yes  Yes
 Web Layout  Yes  No
 Outline  No  No
 Draft  Yes  No

 

Here is how to show the ruler in Word 2013 –

  1. Open Word 2013.
  2. Click the View tab at the top of the window.
  3. Check the box to the left of Ruler in Show section of the ribbon.

 

These same steps are shown below with pictures –

Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.

 

Step 2: Click the View tab at the top of the window.

click the view tab

 

 

Step 3: Check the box to the left of Ruler in the Show section of the ribbon.

how to show the ruler in word 2013

 

 

If the vertical ruler is not visible in Print Layout view after following the steps above, then you can enable it by going to File > Options > Advanced then checking the box to the left of Show vertical ruler in Print Layout view.

vertical ruler in print layout view

 

 

You can also configure other display options for your document as well. For example, you can show a text boundary in Word 2013 that lets you see what part of the document can contain content.

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