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Chapter 3. Formatting Documents > Displaying Rulers

Displaying Rulers

Word rulers do more than measure. The horizontal ruler above the document shows the length of the typing line and lets you quickly adjust left and right margins and indents, set tabs, and change column widths. The vertical ruler along the left edge of the document lets you adjust top and bottom margins and change table row heights. You can hide the rulers to get more room for your document. As you work with long documents, use the document map to jump to any heading in your document. Headings are in the left pane and documents in the right.

Show and Hide the Rulers

Click the View menu, and then click Ruler.

  • To view the horizontal ruler, click the Normal View button.

  • To view the horizontal and vertical rulers, click the Print Layout View button.

Did You Know?

You can change the ruler measurements. Change the ruler to show inches, centimeters, millimeters, points, or picas. Click the Tools menu, click Options, click the General tab, click the Measurement Units list arrow, and then select the measurement you want.

You can set your text to be hyphenated. Hyphenation prevents ugly gaps and short lines in text. Click the Tools menu, point to Language, click Hyphenation, select the Automatically Hyphenate Document check box, set the hyphenation zone and limit the number of consecutive hyphens (usually two), and then click OK.


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