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Written by Bernie Vincent   
Sunday, 25 July 2010

If you find that a new Word document suddenly has the cursor at the very top of the page i.e. no header margins, you may be inclined to believe that an unplanned change has been made to the normal template. In these circumstances, many computer users and learnt from their own tests or from others to apply the following ‘workaround'.

Select View/Header and Footer and then close it again. Hey Presto, the cursor is back where it should be.

If you have been living with the effects of this irritating problem here is the actual cause and proper fix.

What happened is that you accidentally switched on a 'Hide White Space' button - probably without knowing it!

Try opening a new Word document and then very precisely put the cursor at the top edge of the page. You will see a little white box with down and up arrows. At some time in the past you have coincidentally had the cursor in that position and clicked the mouse.

If you have this problem, all you have to do is open a new document, position the cursor back on top of the page and click to ‘Show White Space’.

You can also turn this feature on or off by going to Tools/Options/View and checking or unchecking the ‘White space between pages’ option.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 July 2010 )
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