Rulers in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Learn about viewing and using Rulers in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
When working with multiple slide objects, you should have a visual cue about where you are
placing slide objects. You can get exact coordinates of your slide objects using the positioning
options in PowerPoint -- but most of the time, you just need an approximate idea of where your
objects are placed -- and this can be easily obtained by using the Rulers available option in PowerPoint.
By default, the Rulers may not visible, but when made visible -- they are located on the top and
left parts of the active slide -- as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.
Figure 1: Rulers in PowerPoint 2013
Rulers are not only useful for placing slide objects, but they make other PowerPoint features like the grid and guides more useable. In this tutorial, you will learn how to show / hide Rulers in PowerPoint 2013. You will also explore some of the settings that influence the measurement units in the rulers, as explained in the following steps:
- Launch PowerPoint 2013, and open
a Blank Presentation as shown in Figure 2. Note that there
are no Rulers visible by default.
Figure 2: Default PowerPoint interface with no Rulers visible
- To make the Rulers visible, select the View tab of the
Ribbon, and make sure you
select the Ruler check-box, as shown highlighted in red within Figure
Figure 3: Ruler check-box selected within View tab
Tip: To turn on the visibility of the rulers, you can use the keyboard shortcut Alt + Shift + F9. Use the same shortcut key to toggle it away. Want more keyboard shortcuts? Get a copy of our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts Ebook.
- This will bring up the rulers placed horizontally and vertically within the
slide area, as shown
in Figure 4. If you want to hide them again, just deselect the
Ruler check-box (refer to Figure 3).
Figure 4: Rulers made visible
- If you see only the Horizontal Ruler, and no Vertical Ruler, as shown in
Figure 5 -- you need to make sure that the Vertical Ruler's visibility
has not been turned off.
Figure 5: PowerPoint interface with only Horizontal Ruler visible
- To check these preferences, access the File menu and choose
Options (highlighted in blue within Figure 6).
Figure 6: Options within File menu
- This opens the PowerPoint Options dialog box that you can see in
Figure 7. Make sure you choose the Advanced option
within the sidebar. This shows the relevant options on the right side of the dialog box (see Figure 7 again).
Figure 7: PowerPoint Options Dialog box
- Now, locate the Display group within the PowerPoint Options
dialog box, and select the Show vertical ruler check-box that you can see
highlighted in red within Figure 8. Conversely, you can also deselect this
check-box to turn off the vertical ruler.
Figure 8: Show vertical ruler check-box selected
Now you will be able to see the both the Vertical and Horizontal rulers, as shown in Figure 4 above.
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