Last updated: January 24, 2017
Learning how to show the ruler in Word 2013 can be helpful when you open a document to edit it, but find that no ruler is being displayed. 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 display the ruler 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 teach you how to show the ruler 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.
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?|
Here is how to show the ruler in Word 2013 –
- Open Word 2013.
- Click the View tab at the top of the window.
- 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.
Step 3: Check the box to the left of Ruler in the Show section of the ribbon.
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.
The ruler has a number of uses in conjunction with a document, so being able to understand how to show the horizontal or vertical ruler in Word 2013 can give you a better understanding as to the different views that are available, while also familiarizing yourself with some of the menus and settings found within the program. For example, you can delete a header in Word 2013 by manually adjusting the size of the header on the vertical ruler in the Print Layout.
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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