How to Rotate the Ruler in Snip and Sketch

How to Rotate and Change the Ruler Angle in Snip and Sketch

Why does the ruler in Snip and Sketch indicate an angle if there is no way to rotate it? Or is there? Find out here how to rotate the ruler in Snip and Sketch to measure angles.

First, Léon Foucault Sends Out a Note

You are invited to come see the earth turn,” it said, and a prominent group of French received it on February 2, 1851.

That is, of course, not all they saw when Foucault revealed his pendulum at the Paris observatory on the next day. A Foucault pendulum not only measures the earth’s rotation around itself, after all, but also its rotation around the sun, the solar system’s rotation around the center of the galaxy, and so on.

Given all that, the dignitaries did not see much at once and immediately: at the latitude of Paris, it takes the pendulum some 8 hours to show a rotation of 90 degrees.

Want to see some rotation faster and sooner?

How to Rotate the Ruler in Snip and Sketch (Change the Ruler Angle)

Time needed: 1 minute.

To change the angle and rotate the ruler in Microsoft Snip and Sketch for Windows 10:

  1. Add the ruler to your Snip and Sketch screenshot.

    How to: Click Ruler or Protractor in the toolbar, then select Ruler.
    No keyboard shortcut: Snip and Sketch currently offers no shortcut for adding the ruler.

  2. Position the mouse cursor over the ruler.

  3. Swipe down with 2 fingers on the trackpad to rotate the ruler clockwise.

    Rotating against the clock: Swipe up with 2 fingers to rotate counter-clockwise.
    Using the mouse: Use the scroll wheel on a mouse.
    Swipe down with 2 fingers on the trackpad to rotate the Snip and Sketch ruler clockwise and change its angle

  4. Click and drag the ruler to move it.

  5. Draw lines along the ruler.

Tip: You can remove the ruler using the Ruler toolbar button.

How to Rotate the Ruler in Snip and Sketch: FAQ

Can I rotate the protractor tool as well?

No; you need not rotate the protractor to measure angles precisely in Snip and Sketch, though.

Can I rotate the image in Snip and Sketch?

No, Windows Snip and Sketch will not let you rotate the image itself. You can crop it to size right in Snip and Sketch, though.

(How to angle the ruler in Snip and Sketch tested with Version 10.2008; updated September 2022)

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