Frequently Asked Questions about Word

Documents and templates

Headers and footers and page numbers


A few words about Word's draw layer

Working with graphics


Customizing Word

Unexpected behavior

Miscellaneous How-To . . .

How Word Differs from WordPerfect

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Printing Problems

Word shows only one or two fonts in its Font list.

Select a different printer. Word shows only those fonts supported by the current printer.

Bottoms of pages don't print.

A lot of printers (inkjets in particular) are unable to print closer than .67 inches or so from the bottom edge of the paper.

Choose Page Setup on the File menu and increase the bottom margin and footer distance settings to a value greater than 0.67 inches.

Print a range of pages that spans more than one section of a document.

The print dialog box recognizes p1s1 to mean page one of section one. The easiest way to remember this syntax is to compare it to the page numbering shown in Word's status bar, which shows Page 1 Section 1.

View the first and last pages of that range and note the page and section numbers listed in the status bar. Let's assume the first page to be printed is Page 1, Section 3 and the last page to be printed is Page 3, Section 7. To print this entire range of pages, enter the following string into the Pages field of the print dialog: p1s3-p3s7

Print white text on a black background.

The color of text is a font attribute. The color of the background is a paragraph shading and table cell shading attribute.

1. Select the paragraphs where you want to make the change. (Highlight all the text.)
2. Choose Borders and Shading on the Format menu, click the Shading tab at the top of the dialog box, and set the paragraph shading to black.
3. Choose Font on the Format menu and set the Font to white.