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14-Aug-2010, 10:42 AM #1
MS Word 2003 text boundaries?
Can I edit the settings or turn off the text boundary function?

Have an MS Word 2003 document that has formatting problems. Specifically, on each page of the document, the text begins about halfway down from the top of the page when displayed in View: Print Layout (and also in Print Preview and when printed).

Looks fine in View: Normal. Suspiciously, it also looks fine in View: Web Layout. Also, changing the File: Page Set-up: Margins doesn't have any effect on the text placement. The vertical ruler shows the margin settings but doesn't have any marks at the top of the text.

This doc was originally created by me in MS Word 2003. Then sent to another user using MS Works, then using Word 2007, then returned to me with the problem. (Yes, I blaming the "other guys").

Here's a clue - when checking the Tools: Options: Text Boundaries box the horizontal and vertical lines enclose the text area perfectly. So I believe its a "text boundaries" issue. Can't left or right click on these text boundaries. Also, I can't find a way to edit the text boundaries or turn them "off" so that control over the text position reverts back to the Margins (as is the default in my config). Unchecking the text boundaries box only makes the lines disappear, it doesn't remove the formatting.

Also, when I tried Edit: Select All: Copy and then File: New then Edit: Paste it did not resolve the problem because the text boundary formatting (problem) came with the paste action.

Would like to salvage this document instead of recreating it from scratch. Can anyone help me diagnose this problem and repair this document?

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15-Aug-2010, 05:43 AM #2
I have randomly had this problem before. Go to File/Page Setup and click the Layout tab. See if Vertical Alignment is set to Center. It should be set to Top.
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15-Aug-2010, 10:36 PM #3
Set Page Layout to "Top" - No Fix
Thanks for the fast reply. Unfortunately the setting was already set to "Top". I appreciate you taking the time to try to hep me. JimmyO59
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