How to Hide the Vertical Ruler in Word 2013

Microsoft Word 2013 can display a horizontal ruler above your document and a vertical ruler to the left of the document, depending upon which view you are currently using.

But if your document needs do not require you to use these rulers, then you might prefer to have the screen space that they are using.

Both of the rulers can be hidden from view by adjusting the Ruler option on the View tab, but you might wish to keep the horizontal ruler while hiding the vertical ruler. Our guide below will show you how to achieve this for the Print Layout view in Word 2013.

Hiding the Vertical Ruler in “Print Layout” View in Word 2013

The steps in the article below will show you what setting to change to hide the vertical ruler form the left side of the window in Word 2013.

Note that this will only affect the “Print Layout” view, as that is the only Word 2013 view where the vertical ruler is visible. You can learn more about ruler visibility in Word 2013 views with this article.

Here is how to hide the vertical ruler in Word 2013 –

  1. Open Word 2013.
  2. Click the File tab.
  3. Click Options.
  4. Click the Advanced tab.
  5. Check the box to the left of Show vertical ruler in Print Layout view to remove the check mark. Click OK to apply your changes and close the window.

Here are the same steps, but with pictures –

Step 1: Open Word 2013.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

click the file tab

Step 3: Click Options in the column at the left side of the window.

open word options

Step 4: Click Advanced in the left column of the Word Options window.

click the advanced tab

Step 5: Scroll to the Display section, then click the box to the left of Show vertical ruler in Print Layout view to remove the check mark. You can then click the OK button to close the Word Options window and apply your changes.

how to hide the vertical ruler in word 2013

Now that you know how to hide the vertical ruler in Word 2013, you can remove it from the screen if it is getting in the way while yu are editing your documents.

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