What Is Legal Ruled Paper?

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"Legal" and "ruled" refer to the size and delineation of a piece of paper. It can be compared with letter-sized or A4-sized paper and with unruled, or blank, paper.

Legal-sized paper

  • The word "legal" refers to the dimensions of a sheet of paper. Legal-sized paper is 8.5 inches wide by 14 inches high.

Ruled paper

  • Ruled paper has lines on it. These lines are used as guides when writing so that the words do not drift up or down on the page.

Letter-sized and blank paper

  • In contrast, letter-sized paper is 8.5 inches wide by 11 inches tall. Blank paper has no markings on it.

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