Using the Ruler

When using Word Ruler functions let you manipulate margins, tabs, and indents. Learn how to use the Ruler Word feature to format text.

Formatting text manually: Aligning text with the ruler


You can adjust the width of margins and tabs in your document using Word’s ruler.

The ruler is helpful when you need to create several columns, show column placement, or show the distance between columns.

To hide and display the ruler:

  • Choose ViewactionRuler.

If you switch to Print Layout view (Choose ViewPrint Layout View), a vertical ruler displays along the lefthand side of the screen. To hide this vertical ruler, switch to a different layout view.