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How to show or hide text boundaries in Word?

Users of Microsoft Word can see the exactly boundaries of document with Text Boundaries. This tutorial will show you the ways to quickly show or hide text boundaries in Word.

Show or hide text boundaries in Word 2003

Show or hide text boundaries in Word 2007/2010/2013

Show or hide text boundaries in Word by using Kutools



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Step 1: select Options from Tools menu;

Step 2: click View tab, check Text boundaries in Print and Web Layout options group to show text boundaries in document.


arrow blue right bubble Show or hide text boundaries in Word 2007/2010/2013

Step 1: Click File tab  and then click Options when using Word 2010/2013. Click Office icon Word 2007.

Step 2: click Advanced >> check Show text boundaries in Show document content to show text boundaries in document, and uncheck to hide them.


arrow blue right bubble Show or hide text boundaries in Word by using Kutools

Kutools provides users the easy way to show or hide text boundaries and other document content in document.

Kutools for Word, a handy add-in, includes groups of tools to ease your work and enhance your ability of processing word document. Free Trial for 45 days! Get It Now!

1. Please apply the utility by clicking Enterprise > Display Setting. See screenshot:

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2. Check or uncheck the Text Boundaries check box in the Display Setting dialog to show or hide the text boundaries. See screenshot:

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You can see the result as shown as below:

For more information, please visit: show document content in Word document.


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    Tim Slager · 9 months ago
    Workaround:
    Use grid settings (you can add it to Quick Access Toolbar from list of commands).
    Set Horizontal spacing to width of page minus margins.
    Select Use margins.
    Select Display gridlines on screen.
    Select Vertical every, and set at one.
    Toggle Gridlines on and off on the View tab.

    I use this with crop marks and don't bother with horizontal lines.
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    rusa · 3 years ago
    I have same question. It's very important for my work to have text boundary only around the page, without lines after each "enter". Hopefully someone would solve this issue for me ?
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    rusa · 3 years ago
    I have same concern.If someone could solve this problem for me, it is of great importance for my work to have just text boindary around the pages without lines showing up between each "enter". In anticipation of helpful comments.
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    rusa · 3 years ago
    I have same concern regarding text boundaries in word 2013, having strange lines between all enters. Why?? It tires eyes. And while formating I need JUST page boundaries, like all previous word programs had, at least word 2003, 2007 and 2010. PĹEASE let me know what to do.
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    Sheri · 4 years ago
    Thank you this was very helpful! :-)
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    Mary · 5 years ago
    I was able to find Enterprise Display Settings. this became visible after a re-boot.

    However, the problem I wanted to solve is still not available. In Word 2010 and older, text boundaries showed the margins on the entire page. In 2013,boundaries only appear as you type and there is some strange line between every "enter".

    I need to see my entire page boundaries - as I did in 2010 and 2007.

    If there is a way using Kutools, please advise as this was the only reason I am trying this add-on.
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    Mary · 5 years ago
    I've downloaded it and it doesn't appear anywhere in word or change anything. Is there a special action required to make it work - otherwise useless.

    You show a screen shot that says apply by clicking Enterprise Display Settings. Where is that? I can't find that anywhere in my WORD 2013.
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    Bijutoha · 5 years ago
    Thanks so much, I was in hesitation in office 2007. I didn't find anything here like 2003, but finally I got it. Another issue I have that I want to put number in each column like I am going to write a book in office 2007 and there has 2 columns every page, So I need to put number on every columns . Could you explain something ?
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    nirjhar · 6 years ago
    thanks for help me.

    it's a long days ago problem for me.



    Nirjhar