Word 2007: How To Change the Measurement Units

Sometimes other applications can change the measurement units in Word from their default setting. You can change these back to their default (or change them to another setting) by doing the following:


1. Click the Office Button.

2. Click the Word Options button.

3. Select Advanced in the left pane.

4. Scroll down to the Display section.

5. Use the Show measurements in units of dropdown to select from Inches, Centimeters, Millimeters, Points, or Picas.

6. Click OK.

 

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49 Responses to “Word 2007: How To Change the Measurement Units”

  1. October 15, 2008 at 2:05 pm, Jean said:

    Tech-Recipes, thanks for being there. I can understand adding the new features, buy why change the program so drastically. Thus far, it takes more mouse picks than before to do some key tasks and using the right click is more unproductive than before not to mention doing away with some of the Ctrl options makes using 2007 frustrating. It may be prettier and have more icons but it is not practical. I am VERY GOOD with Microsoft Word and do not need all of the little pictures/icons to help me decide what to do and then do it for me.

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  2. December 23, 2008 at 2:10 pm, dainysv said:

    Thank you! You saved me. Spent about an hour in vain trying to find Tools->Options. Guys from Microsoft were foolish enough not to introduce option: “Use MS Word 2003 buttons and menu layout”. MS Office 2007 is as disgusting as Windows Vista. As a result the transfer from earlier versions of MS Office to Open Office is much easier than to MS Office 2007

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  3. April 08, 2009 at 2:34 am, hangtt said:

    thanks a lot.

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  4. August 07, 2009 at 6:14 am, Anonymous said:

    Thanx shamanstears that helped me alot :]

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  5. October 10, 2009 at 2:04 pm, Anonymous said:

    thanx that helped me

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  6. October 18, 2009 at 12:23 am, Michael said:

    I was at a seminar this morning for accounting software technology – I asked the seminar leader if he knew how correct my measurement problem – I mentioned I went to Office 2007 site – followed the procedure they suggested going to control panel and make a similar change. He suggested a google search and the first site was this one – followed the instructions and it worked immediately (I need to change from Metric to Inches). Thanks for the assistance

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  7. December 08, 2009 at 6:41 am, Sarimah said:

    Thanks for the valuable info. What used to be simple suddenly became a problem.

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  8. December 18, 2009 at 11:32 am, lia said:

    thanks.. this is very help me.. :D

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  9. January 26, 2010 at 12:18 pm, Anonymous said:

    Thanks for the help.

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  10. January 30, 2010 at 12:23 am, GC said:

    thanks! was trying to find out the “Tools” menu like in Word2003 for a good half an hour, and even tried Help section which didnt really help!!! i think the changes they made in Word2007 didnt actually benefit the program versatility!!!

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    • February 02, 2010 at 2:31 am, Anonymous said:

      Hi, Did you eventully find out how to change those f…. inches to a metric system. ?

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  11. February 02, 2010 at 2:16 am, Anonymous said:

    MS WORD 2007 instead of improving and making it more friendly user, has become a nightmare for even conversant in Word users. The worst is, that there is no chance to convert a measurment from inches to metric system. In addtion the increments are so confusing as one inch has been divided in 10 / note metric system used- hehehe/, so could you / familiar with imperial system / tell me how would you set up for instance a margin for 1.9″ ?

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  12. February 02, 2010 at 2:29 am, Anonymous said:

    Is anybody out there who would tell me how to change a measurments in MS WORD 2007 from inches to a metric measurement?

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  13. May 01, 2010 at 7:15 pm, Anonymous said:

    Thank you very much. I have looked a lot of time to find out how to change measurement units in word 2007

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  14. May 01, 2010 at 7:17 pm, Anonymous said:

    Thank you very much. I have looked a lot of time to find out how to change measurement units in word 2007. Have a nice weekend.

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  15. May 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm, emad said:

    Thank you! You saved me. Spent about an hour in vain trying to find Tools->Options. Guys from Microsoft were foolish enough not to introduce option

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  16. July 15, 2010 at 7:37 am, Mbk said:

    Fantastic…..

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  17. September 15, 2010 at 3:20 am, Nhat005 said:

    thanks!

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  18. October 25, 2010 at 4:09 am, Guest said:

    Thanks a lot.. That’s help me much….

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  19. November 21, 2010 at 3:40 am, Christopher said:

    What “word options”?!! I keep running across this advice for Word 2007, but there is no such option under the Office Button.

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    • March 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm, Keytonl said:

      I don’t have the “Word Options” choice under the Microsoft button either. Did you find it?

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  20. December 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm, alex said:

    thank you very much!

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  21. January 06, 2011 at 10:25 pm, Guest said:

    I am on a mac, and I can not find the office button anywhere. Please help?

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  22. January 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm, Karen said:

    A quick update – I also found that in the same section (Office>Word Options>Advanced>Display) that checking the “Show Pixels for HTML Display” allows you to format tables in pixels. Handy if you need to align tables to Excel workbooks, since they only display in characters and pixels.That by itself is a little puzzling – integration, anyone? – but if you have a need to make sure the column widths for these two programs are the same, this does it.

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  23. February 01, 2011 at 7:16 am, John Shek007 said:

    merci monsieur, vous m’avez sauvĂ©.

    JOhnshEK

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  24. February 02, 2011 at 3:41 pm, AUTT said:

    this helps me in the urgent time-AUTT

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  25. March 02, 2011 at 12:10 pm, Pattasu said:

    Thankyou very much Superrrrrrrrrr

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  26. March 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm, Fei Souw said:

    I already knew that way on Word XP..but on 2007???It’s like I’m searching one by one on the menu..’n I can’t still find it until u show to me.It’s weird..why I can’t see the “Word Options” button?
    Tyvm..I finally figured it out.

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    • March 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm, WMW said:

      If you click on the Office Button, on the bottom right side there is a button on the right side to exit word and to the left of it is the option button

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  27. April 08, 2011 at 9:27 am, Nitinpwr02 said:

    Thanks a lot

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  28. April 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm, Wslakshan said:

    thank u very much……

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  29. February 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm, Barry said:

    Info was clear and easy to understand

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  30. February 15, 2012 at 10:32 am, Jacquie Farris said:

    In the Word 2007: How to change the meansurement Units, it tells me to click the “Office Button”………..
    I have spent 1/2 an hour looking for that button and can’t find it.

    Very Frustrating: Please direct me.
    I need to change all measurements from cm to inches.
    Let me know ASAP
    Jacquie

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  31. February 26, 2012 at 6:15 am, Fakrul Jaheed said:

    Very Helpful. Many Many Thanks.

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  32. March 09, 2012 at 5:14 am, GUEST 07 said:

    This was veeeery helpful, thanks a million. :)

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  33. March 24, 2012 at 6:40 am, Kasun said:

    it’s realy helped me.

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  34. March 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm, STEFANI said:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! Nice clear and precise directions!

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  35. April 10, 2012 at 11:39 pm, Isnaini9 said:

    Thanks alot

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  36. May 03, 2012 at 10:31 am, ali said:

    thanks
    it was useful.

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  37. August 07, 2012 at 3:33 am, hana said:

    to Rob Rogers
    thank u very much
    ur instruction si very clear n useful
    thanks alot

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  38. December 03, 2012 at 6:34 pm, Will Robins said:

    Thank you. Instructions remain relevant and helped me figure out where to adjust my options. Thank you for having this out there.

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  39. December 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm, hybucket said:

    Thanks. They don’t make it easy.

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  40. December 28, 2012 at 5:48 am, SL said:

    thank you. very helpful.

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  41. January 28, 2013 at 10:42 pm, Merle said:

    Cant find opotins on my windows 7 app.

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  42. July 11, 2013 at 11:17 pm, S K Srivastava said:

    Thanks, my problem has been sorted out.

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  43. July 11, 2013 at 11:19 pm, S K Srivastava said:

    Thanks, with the help of this my problem has been sorted out.

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  44. August 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm, hosein said:

    thank you very much

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  45. December 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm, Tejal Patel said:

    Thanks a lot……..

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  46. March 22, 2014 at 5:55 am, Eddie Pownceby said:

    How can I change theTextbox scale in Format in Excell 2007 from inches to Centimetres?. Thank you Eddie.

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