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# how do i print the ruler in visio

Posted on 2010-09-03
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how do i print the ruler in visio
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Interesting question... I can't find an option to print rulers, so I looked for a ruler-like shape that you could add to the page. Many of the dimensioning and measuring shapes, mostly located in the maps and floor plans templates, are amazingly sophisticated and you can use them to measure shapes in either one or two dimensions. However, there don't appear to be any ruler-like shapes that show interim measurements.

So, I think the answer might be to create a shape by drawing a line along one axis and then adding interim lines wherever you want them. It shouldn't take very long and if you put it on a background page, it can be visible on every foreground page.
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I couldn't quite let this one sit... the attached Visio drawing contains a handmade ruler on the background page. Each of interval lines displays its X coordinate automatically as you'll see if you select one and move it around.

You should be able to expand on this idea however you'd like: add more interval lines; make the interval lines longer or shorter; create a vertical ruler (to do this, rotate one of the interval lines 90 degrees, then select Insert>Field from the main menu. You'll see that the line contains a formula of "=PinX" -- that's the X coordinate -- just change PinX to PinY).

Ruler-on-background-page.vsd
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I'll check it out when i get into work this morning...thanks scott
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Did my suggestion solve your problem?
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dionndt -- did the ruler-like shape I posted above solve your problem?
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I had a tough time grading this but ultimately decided that Visio's deficiencies shouldn't affect your effort in helping with this question.
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