The document that you see when viewing a file in Word 2013 in the Print Layout view is not actually representative of the space to which you can add content. There are margins, headers and footers which can reduce the actual amount of space available to you for your document’s content.
Since this can be problematic when creating certain types of documents, you may be looking for a visual aid that will help you to better recognize how much of the page is available to edit. Our tutorial below will show you how to place a dotted boundary around the content area of your Word 2013 document so that you can see what parts of the page are usable for your document’s body.
Display Dotted Line for Content Boundaries in Word 2013
The steps in our guide below are going to show you the setting to change to display a dotted line around the content area of your document. This is a setting to the Word program itself, so it will appear for any document that you open in the program. Note that the text boundary will not print with the document.
- Open Word 2013.
- Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
- Click the Options button at the bottom of the column on the left side of the window.
- Click the Advanced tab at the left side of the Word Options window.
- Scroll down to the Show document content section of the menu, then check the box to the left of Show text boundaries. Click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply your changes.
You should now have a dotted line surrounding the content area of your document. In a blank document with default margins, it should look similar to the image below.
You can still add content to the area at the top of the page. Learn how to add a header in Word 2013 and enter information that will appear at the top of every page of your document, such as a page number or author name.
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