You mentioned, "right click > New > Microsoft Word Document", but right click from where?
I've used Office XP for some years and I can't recall this being a major problem. I have occasionally come across a print margin problem where Office has popped up a warning, prior to printing, that the print margins may differ from default, and I have always been able to work around the problem and, if necessary, adjust my page.
Print Preview is a great option for previewing what the printed page will look at, and there is a Print Preview icon on the Toolbar.
First off, my Default Margins are:
Top 1" Bottom 1"
Left 1:25" Right 1.25"
...from the "Page Setup" Menu
But when I try to paste into a new doc [right click>New>Microsoft Word Document]the margins, and other settings, I'm sure, can be way off. I finally realized that when I open a new doc, these settings reflect the last saved document's settings, even tho the default settings are as above. This makes for a mess sometimes when trying to paste forms, etc that rely on default settings/spacings. Office XP is too complex for me, but I'm hoping someone knows where/if there is a setting to over-ride and ALWAYS open a new doc with ALL default settings, as if in a new install.
Thanks - addajio