Stationary stores aren't the only places to find rulers. Search the Internet and you will find many accurate and printable images of rulers. Online rulers are available in a variety of lengths and measuring systems. Download and print imperial rulers to measure inches, feet and yards. Print metric rulers to measure millimetres, centimetres and meters. Printed rulers come in handy on occasions when you need to measure something but don't have a ruler.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Adobe Reader
Download an image of a ruler in PDF format from the PrintARuler or Vendian Systems websites. Choose a metric or imperial ruler.
Open the PDF file using Adobe Reader. Download Adobe Reader from the Adobe Systems Incorporated website if you don't have it.
Turn on your printer and add paper. Use A4 or Letter size paper, depending on the dimensions of the PDF file you downloaded.
Select the "File" menu and click "Print..." in Adobe Reader. Change "Page Scaling" to "None" in the "Page Handling" section of the "Print" dialogue box. If you don't deactivate pitch scaling, your ruler may not print to scale.
Click the "Properties" icon in the "Printer" section of the "Print" dialogue box. Change the paper size to either A4 or Letter under "Paper Sizes," then click "OK."
Press "OK" in the "Print" dialogue box to print the PDF file.
Cut out the ruler with scissors. If it is a long ruler, such as a yard stick, cut out each section of the ruler and tape it together.
Tips and warnings
- Use thick paper for a more durable, stiffer ruler.
- Examine the printed ruler for inaccuracies caused by printing errors. Use a ruler to check the accuracy of your printed ruler, if possible.
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