How-To Geek

How To Change Inches To Centimeters In Word 2010


By default in Microsoft Word 2010, width, height, and even paper size is shown in inches. For some people this is an obscure measurement that is hardly ever used. If you’d rather display in centimeters instead, let’s take a look at how we can change the default measurement unit from inches to centimeters.

Click on the File Menu and select  Options:


Now click on the Advanced section:


Scroll down to the Display section and change the the option to display measurements in to centimeters, by selecting it from the drop-down menu:


If you use the rulers you will immediately notice a difference:



This fixes one of my biggest annoyances with Microsoft Word, I hope you guys find it just as helpful  Smile

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 01/25/12

Comments (5)

  1. Odin

    not one of the things the tech savvy readers of this blog would need, but sure… carry on

  2. Taylor Gibb

    not everyone is as “tech savvy” as you kind sir, a lot of our traffic is from readers from looking for simple help

  3. markiz

    @Taylor Gibb
    Agree, I’m one of those.

  4. I am not Odin

    To Taylor: keep up the good work, there are some of us out there that could use all the help we can get
    To Odin: get a life, why don’t go find a job then you don’t have time to know everything!

  5. aTrusty

    @Taylor Gibb
    I use Word2007 as my Outlook2007 email viewer/editor. Is there a way I can get Outlook/Word to remember my custom page-layout (mirrored margins for duplex-printing if ever printed) & styles (eg Reply/Forward heading) from one email to another ? I’ve tried saving the new style but it doesn’t appear in the styles gallery when I reply another email.

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