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Know Your Boundaries

Know Your Boundaries

Do you use Word’s Print or Web Layout? Ever find yourself trying to guess how close you are to the text boundaries you’ve set with your margins?

Let’s consider this situation: You’re trying to place a graphic within your document and you don’t want it in the margins. So, where exactly is the edge? We could “eyeball” it and guess based on the rulers. We could scroll the document up so that you’ve got the top ruler to help with the placement, but wouldn’t it be easier if we could just see where the margins are right on the document?

I’m all for that, so let’s see what we can do.

First, we need to go to the Options window (Tools menu), then the View tab.

Now, we’re looking to check the “Text boundaries” option and click OK.

Voila! Your document now looks like this on the monitor:

Notice that the margins are now clearly marked. Now you can kiss your placement difficulties goodbye!

~ April