How to Change Inches to cm in Word 2019/2016 and Older Versions – Office 365 Too [Measurement Change]

If you like to change the measurement and all display units from inches to cm in Microsoft Word 2016/2013 or earlier versions, you are at the right place. By default display measurement unit of MS Office products including Word 2019/2016/2013 and Office 365 is set to show in Inches. In case you want to change inches to cm(Centimeter) in Word 2010/2013/2016/2019 to show all measurements in cm, this small guide would be helpful.

For example, if I have measurements for a label in cm, and I need to create that exact size label in MS Word which is set to show in Inches, definitely I will have a tough time.  I need to convert them to inches outside the Word and do the proper settings. Width, height, margins and even paper size will be shown in Inches in MS Word by default. To make the creation easy, it’s better to change the display option to cm. If you are familiar with cm at your geographical location, it is better to change the default settings as described below.

Here is the example of how MS word shows the paper size in inches by default.

showing inches in MS Word


Convert Inches to cm in Word 2013/2016 and Office 365

Basically, all MS Office versions are having the same settings to change the measurement units from inches to the centimeter. You can find that under the Options of your MS Office version as shown below.

1) Click on File and go to Options.

Go to options

2) Click on Advanced and go to Display options as shown below.

Change the measurements Unit size from Inches to Centimeters (cm). More options also available here. Press OK at end of the box.

change inches to cm in MS Word

3) After the above change, all measurements units will be shown in cm in your MS Word product including Office 365 installable. Anytime you can go to same settings and change back to Inches or other units.

Here is how the same paper size measurement changed to cm in MS Word 2016.

Hope this simple guide would be useful to change the measurement size from inches to cm or other scales in MS Office 2010,2013, 2016 and Office 365 versions.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

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