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Solved MS Word 2016 - Confusion with margins on document

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  1. bj nick

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    (Windows 7): I have a Word doc I created where I'm pasting text from a PDF and then editing it. LONG document. It's been fine right up till now, where all of a sudden the margins have shifted an inch or so to the right, resulting in all the text being further right than the previous part of the doc. I have tried "everything" as far as manipulating the margin settings, both in Layout--Margins, and also just trying to drag them to correct the mess. Nothing works. Somehow I did "something" and I can't get the rest of the document to line up properly.

    Any ideas? Help!
     
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    I've had that happen to me in various versions of MS-Word when copying formatted text from some other source like a PDF file or web page. Try checking the paragraph formatting to see if some kind of indentation was added to the paragraphs.

    Your mileage may vary on the next suggestion. Save the document using "Save as" under a different name. Quit MS-Word and then double click on the newly saved file while crossing your fingers. That has worked for me on one or two occasions.
     
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    Okay, I just manually moved everything.....a little mickey mouse, but it's not worth the mental energy right now. I'm going to take a Skillshare course on Word and hopefully it will cover the intricacies of margins/formatting on a higher level so I won't feel like I'm out of my depth on this stuff. Thanks!
     
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    Anytime one pastes from one file format into MS Word, things are guaranteed to go wacko.
    One of the issues with PDF's, the different types of protection that may be set can really do a number on one's Word file.
    I have found the best thing to do is always Copy and Paste Special and select Unformatted text.
    This will default to your settings within your Word document and not what was in the source files.
    You have much better control of the data this way.
     
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    Thanks, Dave, that was a good idea and I appreciate it. I did that just now for a bunch of text and it worked really well. I will remember this for the future.
     
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