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I have had this a couple of times since I upgraded to Word 2003 - sometimes when I open Word the Cursor is at the very top of the white page. When I go into Page Setup it tells me that there should be a margin of say 2cm - but on screen it looks like you are typing at the very top of the page. I thought it might be a view problem but cant work it out - I have it on Print View.

Any ideas?

I have a user on Word 2003. When we checked her and the compatibility is set for Word 2000. Yet when she creates a new document the compatabilty is set to custom. Any idea how this is changing? Even better, any idea how to get the compatability to stay as word 2000? The other weird thing is if she tries to use some of the table and border features it gives her an error that she can't use those functions because they are not compatible with Word6.0/95. We deleted her current normal but the new one word created is doing the same thing. Also, the cursor goes the top of the page even though page setup shows a 1 inch top margin? See Attached. Thanks for any help.

I've just been using Word 2003 on a new PC for a couple weeks, and have started to see some strange things. Wonder if somebody could straighten me out:
1. When I open a new blank document, or create a new document using a template, the cursor is at the very top of the page showing no margin. I had created a template for our company letterhead (information in header and footer), and when I create a new doc with the template, the header/footer info doesn't show up, UNTIL I click on View/Header and Footer, then close the toolbar, and my margins and display are the way I'm used to seeing. Is there something in my setup I need to change? I just can't figure out where.
2. I had created business cards in Word 2000, with our logo and a small table with our address etc. When I opened up the doc to try to print it, all that displayed was a text box with my name in it. But it printed correctly. Again, is it something in a display setting?

Using MS Word 2003 SP3 on XP Operating System
This seems to be a new wrinkle:

A document has form fields in it, e.g., a check box on page 7.

I would like to print only page 1. When I choose File/Print/Current page (i.e., page 1), the cursor immediately jumps to page 7!!

Has anyone had this experience? I appears you can only print either the entire document or the specific page.

I have created a template in Word 2003. When a user creates a new document based on this template I want the cursor to go to the bottom (Ctrl + End). Previously I used to create an autonew macro to do this. What can I do in Word 2003 (and 2007) that will take the user straight to the bottom automatically?


Is there a way to carry over the Headers and Footers of the Inserted Document when you use the Insert | File command in Word 2003? I thought that Word used to do this automatically but I cannot seem to find any info.

Here are the steps I'm using:
Open a Word document that contains information in the Headers and FootersIn the document, move the cursor to where you would like to insert the fileSelect Insert | Break | Next Page Section BreakHit ENTERSelect Insert | Break | Next Page Section BreakGo to your blank section's Header, turn off Link to PreviousGo to your blank section's Footer, turn off Link to PreviousWith the cursor in the blank section, select Insert | FileChoose a file with it's own unique Headers and Footers and click OKThe text of the file is inserted into your document, but the Headers and Footers are not.

I have a couple of customization requests from users who are recently switching over from Word Perfect to Word 2003. I'm not sure how Word Perfect handled some of the issues below, but if anyone knows a customization, option or registry setting that would accomplish the following in Word, let me know.

1.) In all new documents opened, they would like the paragraph format to be automatically justified (instead of the standard left alignment). Other than modifying the file on the individual's PC, or just hitting CTRL+J upon opening a new file, is there a way to do this?

2.) Can you select text in Word and then go to File | Print | Selection and have the selection print on the part of the page that it would normally be in if you had printed the whole document. Usually, Word would print a Selection starting at the top of a page - is there a way to have a paragraph print in, say, the middle of the page if that's where it would be located in the original document? I'm not sure WHY you'd want to do this....but it was a request that came up.

3.) Is there a way for all documents to open at 100%. If memory serves, I'm pretty sure that the Zoom setting is saved with the document when you save it, so if you were working at 80% and saved, it should reopen at 80%. BUT....once again, I received this request, and was wondered if anyone else out there knew something I did not.

4.) This last one I need to get clarification on myself - I'm not sure I understand what they are asking here. Apparently in WP there was a keyboard command that allowed the user to move the cursor flush right. To me this sounds like they just want to right align stuff and a simple CTRL+R should take care of that, but any of you WP users out there know if there's some other special WP feature that they are trying to emulate here?

Thanks for any input from you guys out there. As usual, I am indebted.


In Word 2003 how do I change the Normal template?
My Normal page opens up with the cursor at the very top and not 1 inch down like I want.

This is what I have tried but doesn’t work.
1. I open up Word 2003 and a new Normal page appears.
2. I Clicked on FilePage Setup and reset the Margins to Top & Bottom 1” and both sides to 0.5”.
3. I then Clicked on Default and received a message “Do you want to change the default settings for page setup?
4. I clicked on the Yes button that closes Setup.

When I click on New Page - Normal or the New Blank Document Icon on the Menu bar the page that opens has the side margins at the .5 settings but the cursor is at the very Top of the page and not at 1 inch down from the top as previously set.

I have also gone into where my Templates are stored: C:Users***AppDataRoamingMicrosoftTemplatesNo and changed to and restarted Word but I still get the same cursor at the very top location.

Can someone please tell me what I am doing wrong and give me a suggestion on how to correct it?
Thank you. Respectfully, Graphics Guy

Hi all,

Does anybody know why my cursor and highlighting disappears? It has been happening these last two days, and I have been working wiht some large documents (150 pages), but I have worked with 500 page documents in the past with biggers programs running in the background and my cursor has not disappeared, so I don't think it is a memory problem.

Sometimes, I have to wait for it to show up; other times, it doesn't show up. The main problems is that when I highlight text, I can't see what I've highlighted. Furthermore, I can't see where the cursor is.

Did this ever happen to you?


I'm full of questions today. I'm also having a problem where I can not Format Paint from one document to another. In Document 1 I turn on the Format Painter (by double-clicking the button), I go to Window (on the Menu bar) and choose Document 2, and the Format Painter cursor is no more. I also tried switching to Document 2 using the Task Bar, but got same results. I know that this worked in previous versions of Word. Heck, I'm 95% positive I've done this in Word 2003 on my home PC. Am I overlooking a setting or something that would turn this option off/on?

I'm using Dragon Naturally Speaking, and I am creating a macro (recording my actions from within DNS).

I have two documents loaded.

The first doc is based on a template with many autotext entries and is in .doc format.
This doc is divided into 32 individual sections (a single letter will be typed in each section, with it's own continuing header should letter run over one page).
The second doc is a listing of patient details and is in .rtf format.

I can work out the DNS side of things.

I need to know if keyboard shortcut/s exist in Word 2003 that will allow me to do the following.

Can I turn Copy on in Word using a keyboard shortcut?
Can I then instruct Word to copy everything from position of the cursor position up to but not including the next section break.

The details I will be "copying" vary in the second document, which is why I am using the Section Break as a placemark to capture everything I need.

If I can perform the above, I will then be able to record these actions into my Dragon Command, and will be able to use it over and over.

If anyone knows how I can do this "live", i.e. using keyboard shortcuts, not visual basic codes, I'd be ever so grateful.

Thanks so much.

Sometimes Word displays a little icon (for want of a better word) near the I-beam cursor when it is over a blank area on the page. The "icon" is composed of little horizontal lines showing the formatting of the paragraph that will be inserted by clicking -- left aligned, centered, etc.

I know I can get rid of this icon, but I don't remember how, and I don't remember what it's called.

Who can help me get rid of it?

I inherited a couple of templates which use form fields. I then have a section break and an unprotected portion of the document. When I exit the last field I want the cursor to move to a certain spot. I created a macro to move to where I want and put the macro into the onexit of the last field. However, I can not get my cursor to go to where I want.

I know the macro fires because I put a msgbox in it to check. I have tried just moving down. I have tried inserting a bookmark and goto it. I have tried MoveTo end.

Is there some trick or limitation I just can't figure out

If I put my cursor in a level 1 paragraph, and then look in Format > Bullets and Numbering... > Customize...and use the down arrow to move to level 8, I can see that the numbering for your level 8 isn't set correctly. Strangely if I just click on level 8 in this dialog box it looks fine!

If I then delete the numbering in this dialog box and reinsert it, the level 8 numbering is now OK. This does mess up your indents, so the fix is going to be a bit tedious:
Open your template
Put the cursor in a level 1 heading
Format Bullets and Numbering...
Click on the 1 on the levels on the left
OPTIONAL - click the More button and give the list template a sensible name in the "Listnum field list name" box, for example myHeadingNumbers
Use the up and down arrows to select level 8 - so it looks like the image here
Delete the numbers in the Number Format dialog box
Now put the correct numbering for level 8 back into the box
Select level 1 again and check all of the indents
Now check the indents for levels 2 to 8 in order, and make sure that they are all correct
Select level 1 again, so that when you click OK you haven't changed the paragraph your cursor is in
OK your way out of all the dialog boxes[/list]It is really important that you carry out all of these steps in a single visit to the dialog box.


Is that possible to use AutoText and insert using Bookmark or whatever instead of Selection.Range? If yes, How to do it? I search help and this forum and couldn't find it.
Ok, I stored the AutoText in a template. I'm using userform (checkbox and radio buttons) to determine which text to be inserted at a specific location. But I only know how to insert AutoText with the cursor placement. I use AutoText because my paragraphs have different formatting and graphics.

Anyone can guide me? Thanks a million!


It must have been an inadvertent keystroke combination but now, with a blank document just opened and no tabs set, when I press the tab key a dark/thick underline appears from the margin to the flashing cursor at the 1/2 inch default tab stop. Continuous tab key pressing result in a solid underline across the page. Any ideas as to how to start this and how to stop it would really be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

I am trying to create an AutoOpen macro that will return the cursor to the location it was in when saved. I know how to do this manually (Shift + F5). I used the macro recorder and named the macro AutoOpen but the document still opens at the top. This is the macro as recorded: Sub AutoOpen()
' AutoOpen Macro
' Application.GoBack
End Sub

I am using Word 2007 but am accessing Word 2003 documents and am saving them in their 2003 format when done. What do I have to do to make a macro run on open.


Good Morning,

I have attached a form that I have been working on forever . I used the record a macro feature to automate a few of the things I need this form to do.
1. When the user "tabs" out of the notes form field I would like another page added. The add "a page macro" (which I think I got from this site ) works perfectly.
2. I need the cursor to return to the notes section on the 2nd page. I created the "move it" macro to do just that.
3. I need only the title, date, notes section, and confidential information on the second page. I created the "merge" macro to delete and merge all the other fields. For some reason this macro also adds another page.
All the macros 'work' on their own, but I need them to all be one function when the user tabs out of the notes section on the first page. I don't know how to combine all the macros into one.

I feel like I am going about this the completely wrong way, so any help at all would be appreciated. My dream would be for the form to work like this:
The user would fill in all the required information and complete the notes section.
When the user got to the bottom of the notes section they could tab out to add another page if needed.
The 2nd page would only have the title, date, notes, and confidential information sections.

Thank you for your help!

A macro that worked well in Word 97 is now completely ignored in this version.

The macro finds a specific bookmark and then moves the cursor to that position on opening or on creating a new document based on the template. What do I need to change?

Private Sub Document_New()
' BioStart Macro
Selection.GoTo What:=wdGoToBookmark, Name:="BioStart"
With ActiveDocument.Bookmarks
.DefaultSorting = wdSortByName
.ShowHidden = False
End With
End Sub

Private Sub Document_Open()
' BioStart Macro

Selection.GoTo What:=wdGoToBookmark, Name:="BioStart"
With ActiveDocument.Bookmarks
.DefaultSorting = wdSortByName
.ShowHidden = False
End With
End Sub


I have some Word documents that I created that are regularly modified by another user, then they come back to me for editing. I repeatedly find myself having problems with the formatting, specifically getting lines that are indented to line up with each other vertically.

It just seems like Word decides somewhat randomly that a tab on one line does not put the cursor at the same place as a tab on the previous line. Then I find myself trying to line up the first characters on the lines by using the spacebar. Sometimes even that will not be quite right, and I end up just going back to the end of the previous line, hitting the Enter key to make a new line, and re-typing the information. This happens in normal paragraphs, and even more so in tables that are in the document.

Is there a way to prevent this from happening, either in the way I create the documents, or in the way I edit them? I am working in Word 2007 and Word 2010. The person who modifies the documents uses Word 2003. When I created this particular contract, I may have used Word 2003.


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