Troubleshoot borders, shading, and graphic effects

ShowI added borders to my document, but they don't appear on every page.

If your document contains sections (section: A portion of a document in which you set certain page formatting options. You create a new section when you want to change such properties as line numbering, number of columns, or headers and footers.), Microsoft Word applies the border you specified to the current section only. To apply borders that appear on every page of the document, click Borders and Shading (Format menu), and then click the Page Border tab. Under Apply to, click Whole document.

ShowI can't see my page border.

ShowI can't see the top or bottom page borders on my screen.

If you are viewing your document in print layout view (Print Layout view: A view of a document or other object as it will appear when you print it. For example, items such as headers, footnotes, columns, and text boxes appear in their actual positions.) with the White Space Between Pages option turned off, the top and bottom page border will disappear on your screen.

To view the edges of the page, verify that you are viewing the document in print layout view, move the insertion point to the top or bottom of the page, and then click the Show White Space Show or Hide White Space symbol button.

ShowA part of the page border is not printing.

  • Check your border margins You might have positioned your border too close to the edge of a page. Most printers cannot print to the edge of a page — especially to the bottom of the page. The minimum amount of space needed between the margin and the edge of the page varies by printer. To adjust the page border margin, click Borders and Shading (Format menu), click the Page Border tab, and then click Options. Under Margin, adjust the settings you want.
  • Check the distance between the page border and the text The distance between the page border and the text might place the border outside the page margin width. To adjust the distance, click Borders and Shading (Format menu), click the Page Border tab, and then click Options. Click Text under Measure from. Under Margin, adjust the settings you want.
  • Check your page margins You might have set the page margins too close to the edge of the page. Adjust the page margins. (On the File menu, click Page Setup and then click the Margins tab).

ShowThe page border doesn't move when I change page margins.

Change the page border measurement to be in relation to the text rather than the edge of the page.

  1. On the Format menu, click Borders and Shading, and then click the Page Border tab.
  2. Click Options, and then click Text on the Measure from list.

ShowI can't remove the shading from my page.

You may be seeing a watermark or background.

  1. On the Format menu, point to Background.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To remove a background, click No Fill.
    • To remove a watermark, click Printed Watermark, and then click No watermark.

ShowI changed the fill, border, shadow, or 3-D effect, but when I create a drawing object, I get the old settings.

The default style is being applied to the new drawing object.

To change the default settings for new drawing objects, select an object that has the attributes you want. On the Drawing toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click Draw, and then click Set AutoShape Defaults.

ShowI can't see the outlines of a drawing object.

ShowI can't remove all the borders from my Web page.

Your borders may have been created with the DIV HTML element. Select all the text that the border surrounds. On the Format menu, click Borders and Shading, and then click the Borders tab. If multiple border levels appear under Apply to, select each border that you want to remove, and then click None.

ShowThe border around my paragraph appears cut off.

The paragraph with the border might fall across a page break. A border is a paragraph property that flows with the paragraph. When a paragraph with a border splits across a page break, the border splits as well. To keep the paragraph border in one piece, reposition the entire paragraph the border surrounds on one page.

ShowI can't add, change, or remove a border or shading to specific table cells.

You may not have selected the end-of-cell marks. To select a cell with the end-of-cell mark, click the left edge of the cell.

Cell selection

 
 
Applies to:
Word 2003