Word: Change the Measurement Units

Did you know that you can change the measurement units in Word? You don't actually have to keep measuring everything in inches. You can choose to measure everything in centimetres, millimetres, points, or even in picas.

Go to the 'File' tab, and choose 'Options'. On the left-hand side of the Word Options window which will come up, click on 'Advanced'. Now scroll down about halfway until you see the 'Display' section. The second option is this area is 'Show measurements in units of:'. Choose the unit you would like to use in the drop-down box, then click the 'OK' button.

The nice thing is that this applies to everything in Word. Not only is your ruler affected, but things like the dimensions of an autoshape will be displayed using the the units of measurement of your choosing.


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