Pages for Mac: Use rulers in a Pages document

Use rulers in a Pages document

Pages provides horizontal and vertical rulers to help you lay out text and objects in your document. For word-processing documents like a letter or report, you need to turn on the vertical ruler in Pages preferences. The vertical ruler is always available for page layout documents.

You can set the ruler to use different increments (points, inches, centimeters), or show the tick marks as percentages. You can also place zero at the center of the ruler, which can be useful if you’re designing a page layout document.

Show the vertical ruler for word-processing documents

  1. Choose Pages > Preferences (from the Pages menu at the top of your screen).

  2. Click Rulers.

  3. Select the checkbox next to “Enable vertical ruler for documents with body text.”

Show or hide rulers

Do one of the following:

  • Click the View menu button in the toolbar, then choose Show Ruler (or Hide Ruler).

  • Choose View > Show Ruler (or Hide Ruler) from the View menu at the top of your screen.

Change ruler units

When you set a unit preference for rulers in Pages, it applies to all documents. You can change the preference at any time, even if you have a document open.

  1. Choose Pages > Preferences (from the Pages menu at the top of your screen), then click Rulers at the top of the preferences window.

  2. Click the Ruler Units pop-up menu, then choose an increment (Points, Centimeters, or Inches).

    To show the ruler marks as a percentage of the page, select the “Display the ruler units as percentage” checkbox.

Place zero at the center of the ruler

You can place zero at the center of the ruler so that ruler units increase to the left and right.

  1. Choose Pages > Preferences (from the Pages menu at the top of your screen) then click Rulers at the top of the preferences window.

  2. Select the “Place origin at center of ruler” checkbox.

Tip: You can also use the ruler to set margins and tab stops, and you can drag alignment guides from the ruler to the page.

Published Date: Jul 23, 2019
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