How to Show Text Boundaries in Word 2013

Have you ever been trying to work with a document in Word 2013, but you aren’t able to put a document element in the right spot on the page? This is likely occurring because that element is outside the text boundaries of the document.

Note every visible part of a document page can be used or printed on, as there are margins that consume some of the page’s available space. Many printers are unable to go all the way to the edge of the page, and it is typically a superior reading experience when a page doesn’t have edge-to-edge text. Our guide below will show you how to enable visible text boundaries in Word 2013 so that it is easier to determine exactly where the editable region of the document lies.


How to Add a Border to the Text Area in Word 2013

The steps in this article are going to show you where to find a setting that will cause an invisible border around your document’s text area to become visible. This boundary won’t print when you print the document. it merely provides a visual representation of the part of the document that is editable.

Step 1: Open Word 2013.


Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

word 2013 file menu



Step 3: Click the Options button in the column at the left of the window.

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Step 4: Click the Advanced tab in the left column of the Word Options window.

advanced word 2013 options



Step 5: Scroll to the Show document content section of the menu, then check the box to the left of Show text boundaries. You can click OK to apply your changes and close the window.

how to show the text boundary in word 2013



Another setting that might be causing you some trouble in Word 2013 is accidentally dragging and dropping text. Learn how to turn drag and drop off in Word 2013 and prevent the frustration that comes from realizing that you inadvertently moved part of your document to the wrong spot.