The ruler provides visual cues to help you place text and slide objects. When you don’t need it anymore, you can hide the ruler.

There are two rulers in PowerPoint: one displays horizontally at the top of the active slide, and the other displays vertically along the left edge of the slide (shown below).

Show or hide the ruler

To show the ruler, click View, and in the Show group, check Ruler.

Show or hide the ruler

To hide the ruler, click View, and in the Show group, uncheck Ruler.

Show or hide the ruler

To permanently hide the vertical ruler, click File > Options > Advanced, scroll down to the Display section, and uncheck Show vertical ruler.

Show or hide the ruler

Tip: The ruler is not available in all views, such as Slide Sorter view. If the Ruler box is grayed out, try switching to Normal view.

Related topics

  • Change the ruler units from inches to centimeters

  • Adjust the indent in a bulleted or numbered list on the ruler

  • Use master-level guides to align objects across all slides

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