by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 6, 2016)
In Word 2010 and earlier, when Michael turned on the Show Text Boundaries configuration, Word simply marked the four edges of the printable area of each page in my document. In Word 2013 and Word 2016, turning on this option places "boundaries" around each paragraph in the document, rather than just the pages. Michael wonders if there is a way to make Show Text Boundaries work like it used to instead of what it has now become.
The short answer is no, there is no way to make it work like it used to. Microsoft redid the programming behind the page layout capabilities of Word 2013, and that "redo" made the text boundaries into what you see now. There are some things you can do to work around it (like put your text inside tables or text boxes), but those are bound to be ultimately unsatisfying.
There is a groundswell of people urging Microsoft to restore text boundaries to what they used to be, and there is an online place to make your voice heard. (This is a very long URL; be careful you enter it all into your browser completely.)
Whether Microsoft will listen or not still remains to be seen.
In the meantime, there is one thing you may try out. If you used text boundaries to simply show the limits of your text area, you may be able to achieve the same thing by turning on crop marks. Follow these steps:
Figure 1. Advanced options in the Word Options dialog box.
The crop marks appear at all four corners of the page and allow you to "eyeball" where the text boundaries actually occur on the page.
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