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Change the Unit of Measurement in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to change the unit of measurement from inches to centimeters, points or picas in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

If you want to change the unit for measurement in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, you can choose from inches, centimeters, points, or picas. Users of Windows versions of PowerPoint have choices limited to just inches or centimeters! Changing the measurement unit primarily affects the rulers visible within PowerPoint. In this tutorial, you will learn how to change these measurement units in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:

  1. Launch PowerPoint. Select the PowerPoint | Preferences menu option, as shown in Figure 1.

  2. Figure 1: Preferences option selected within the PowerPoint menu
  3. This opens the PowerPoint Preferences window, shown in Figure 2, make sure that View tab is selected. Click on the Ruler units list box that you can see highlighted in red in Figure 2.

  4. Figure 2: Ruler units list box within the PowerPoint Preferences window


  5. In the resultant drop-down list, you can see four different options for unit of measurement: Inches, Centimeters, Points, and Picas (see Figure 3). You can see a check mark in front of the currently active option. Inches is active in Figure 3. This indicates that this is the current unit of measurement. Click on any other unit of measurement that you want to change to. In Figure 3 you can see that Centimeters has been highlighted, just click to make it active.

  6. Figure 3: Ruler unit drop-down list
  7. Click the OK button (refer to Figure 2 above) to apply the change to the unit of measurement.