What's a good (preferably free) on-screen ruler for Windows? I just need to measure a few things in pixels on the screen. I need it to be flexible (easily resizable and able to measure both vertically and horizontally), and hopefully not look like crap. A quick Google search revealed a ton of different applications, and I don't want to try every single one.
I have been using Ruler from Codeplex for ages now (I removed the old link because it was considered harmful by Chrome). Very easy to use, a simple program with simple options:
- Always on top
- The vertical and horizontal measurement
- Option to show ToolTip for smaller dimensions.
- Resizable by dragging
- Can open multiple instances
- No installation required
I recommend using PicPick.
It has a ruler (horizontal or vertical) with custom units, but also others very usefull tools like screencapture, colorpicker, magnifier, angular ruler and other tools.
I really like A Ruler for Windows (freeware) - why, well I wrote it! ;-)
Seriously, it: measures pixels, horizontal / vertical, maginifies your primary screen under the ruler up to 4x, has an automatic center line (which you can toggle on and off), allows you to put ticks on either long edge, you can resize by it dragging an end, comes with four skins (woodgrain, stainless steel, clear plastic see thru, yellow construction) and you can add your own skins, works across multiple screens.