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Unwanted L shapes on each corner of Word document

by yaaargh75 / February 5, 2006 6:42 AM PST

I've had Microsoft Office 2003 Professional for a while, and recently, whenever I open a word document, there are these L shapes (upside down, righ side up) depending on the each corner, that appear on the screen, but when i got to print, they are not there. I've tried repairing the installation, reinstalling, but those methods don't work. I was wondering if anyone here could help.

Thanks
Jims

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L shapes....
by Papa Echo / February 5, 2006 6:58 AM PST

These only appear in ''Print layout view'' and they indicate the corners of the text boundaries of the page (according to page set up). These help in laying out your text. You can choose whether to show the full text boundaries at Tools >Options. ''View'' Tab.

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Show full text boundaries........
by yaaargh75 / February 5, 2006 11:32 AM PST
In reply to: L shapes....

The show full text boundaries options only turns on the box like grid that shows where text can go. It does not get rid of the L's that appear at each corner. But thanks for the advice btw.

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Re L shapes....
by Papa Echo / February 5, 2006 4:43 PM PST

What I was trying to say was that the L shapes are there for a purpose - to help text lay-out. It appears only at "print layout view". The text boundaries help further in text lay-out. As far as I know, the L shapes cannot be removed for print layout view (for Word XP-and it should apply in Word 2003 too. However, I am not an expert on MS Word). If you do not want it, you can choose other views, e.g. "On line view" or "Web layout view". On previous versions of Word. there was also "Normal View", I believe.

I find it very helpful to use print layout view - you can have rulers at top, left and right and a break between pages. Together with the text boundaries, these help to provide a visual view of the final printed document.

Am I missing something ?

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