How to Switch From Inch to Centimeter in Google Docs

Centimeters How to Switch From Inch to Centimeter in Google Docs

As a service made by the US company, Google Docs is by default uses the imperial system as the primary measurement unit. But this poses a problem for users outside the US who rely on the metric system.

For example, Google Docs may uses inches instead of centimeters — a measurement unit which by far the most popular choice in most countries.

If you want to switch from ‘inch’ to ‘CM’ in Google Docs, I have bad news for you; you won’t find any setting for it. However, by changing the language region, the metric system will be used automatically.

Here is how to do that.

1. First, go to your Google Account and select Manage your data & personalization.

Manage your data and personalization How to Switch From Inch to Centimeter in Google Docs

2. Then hit the Language menu.

Language How to Switch From Inch to Centimeter in Google Docs

3. Click the pencil (edit) button to change the default language.

English US edit How to Switch From Inch to Centimeter in Google Docs

4. For instance, I will select English.

English How to Switch From Inch to Centimeter in Google Docs

5. Then select either United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia. Basically, do not choose English US as your language preference.

United Kingdom How to Switch From Inch to Centimeter in Google Docs

6. Now reload a Google Docs document and see if the imperial system has switched to metric.

Centimeters How to Switch From Inch to Centimeter in Google Docs

This setting will not only affect Google Docs, but also other Google services connected to your Google account. You can switch back to the imperial system whenever you feel it will be more suitable in your situations.

4 thoughts on “How to Switch From Inch to Centimeter in Google Docs”

  1. Unfortunately, this changes all things to do with the language. Spelling too. And while I do want metric measurements, I don’t want docs to use UK English as my language. Messes up spelling and other suggestions. When will people learn not to use language as a shortcut for a plethora of unrelated settings? But I guess, I should tell the Google Docs team that, not you.

  2. Yeah… Doesn’t work. Set my language to English, United Kingdom, and my document STILL has a ruler in inches.

    So frustrating that such basic settings are buries so deep in pages of preferences that it requires a help manual to find it. Rather than how a trained design would do things — user right-clicks ruler; selects “Ruler units”; changes to preferred units.

    It’s called human-centred design, but the coders at Google do not understand ‘human’.

    1. Hi, make sure to reload the document page after changing the setting. Also, consider clearing the browser cache if the problem persists.

      I hope that helps.

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