How to show ruler in Microsoft Word 2013?

I just installed Word 2013. I am looking for the “ruler”, it seems to have got “lost”. I have turned on the Advanced Option, in the Display section “Show vertical ruler in Print Layout view”. Sounds good, but it doesn’t appear! I looked for the “view ruler” icon that has “lived” at the top of the vertical scroll bar, it is gone! How could I get back my Word 2013 ruler?

nguyen's answer

We know that the Ruler function helps align the text, graphic, tables or other elements in Word document. But in Microsoft Word 2013, no ruler shown up. Did Microsoft remove their ruler? No, actually, the ruler is still with us, but the View Ruler icon is gone. The reason is by default, Microsoft hide Word 2013 ruler. Maybe they think it will help clean up your Word screen and makes it look like tablet screen. In my mind, Microsoft should never have turned it off by default! It’s prettier I suppose, but much less useful.

You have to go to VIEW tab to enable it. However, if you’re in Outline View, the Ruler box will be grayed out. So do switch to one of the other views (Print Layout, Web Layout, or Draft) before go through the steps.


Step 1. Look at the Ribbon bar, then click on tab VIEW. You can see many command buttons here.

Show-ruler-microsoft-word-2013 step 1 image


Step 2. Move your eyes to the left of the bar, you can see command group named Show. First of this group is unchecked Ruler option. Click on the check box to enable Word 2013 ruler.

Show-ruler-microsoft-word-2013 step 2 image


Step 3. Perfect, you will see the ruler come back.

Show-ruler-microsoft-word-2013 step 3 image

Damn simple but that helps me a lot when working with Word document! Poor Microsoft!

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  6. Bryan Jackson says:

    My bar tab button is greyed out though. I can’t set tabs no matter what document I’m in or if I start from a blank document. My ruler is on.

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