How to enable and disable the Ruler in Microsoft Word

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

To enable or disable the vertical and horizontal ruler in Microsoft Word, click on a link below, depending on the version of Microsoft Word you have, for steps on how to do this.


The horizontal ruler is displayed below the menu or ribbon bar and the vertical ruler is displayed on the left side of the Word program window.

Microsoft Word 2013 and 2016

Click on the View tab, then click on the Ruler check box to show the horizontal and vertical ruler.

Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010

Microsoft Word 2010 ruler

Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010 use the Ribbon instead of the File menu. Enabling and disabling the rulers is done through either of the following methods.

Click the View Ruler icon that is found on the top of the right vertical scroll bar, as shown in the picture.

You can also click on the View tab and check the box for Ruler.

Earlier versions of Word, OpenOffice, and other word processors

  1. Click the View drop-down-menu at the top of Word.
  2. Check Ruler to enable the Ruler or uncheck Ruler to disable the Ruler.

You may need to click the bottom chevrons if you do not see the Ruler option.

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