Rotating the Ruler in PowerPoint

Here's another simple tip for PowerPoint that you may not be aware of, which can save you a good deal of time when doing graphics editing.


It's fairly well-known that the Ruler tool on the Draw ribbon can be used to freehand draw a straight line on a slide with your mouse.



It may not be immediately apparent how the ruler can be rotated, so a line can be drawn at a different angle.

- There's no option to do this on the Draw ribbon;

- The angle degree listed in the middle can't be edited;

- Right clicking on the ruler doesn't give you the option to turn it;

- If you try to find the ends of the ruler, it will simply extend endlessly off the slide;

- There are no handles to rotate it as there would be for a shape in PowerPoint.


The trick is to use the scroll wheel on your mouse. This will let you turn the ruler in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction.