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Missing Left Border

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 23, 2019)

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John wrote about a problem he was having with printing his graphics. It seems that the left border of his graphics is always missing, and he can't figure out how to make it print.

The first thing to do is ensure that you really have a left border applied to the graphic. This may entail determining where the border actually exists. Right-click the graphic then choose Format Picture from the resulting Context menu. Use the controls that appear in the dialog box (Word 2007 and 2010) or in the task pane (Word 2013 or later versions) to determine if the Line setting is on for the graphic. The Line setting can be either on or off, and if it is on, it will be applied to all four sides of the graphic.

Another place the border could be set is to the paragraph itself, if the graphic is inserted "inline" with the text. Put the insertion point just to the left or right of the graphic, but in the same paragraph. Display the Home tab of the ribbon, click the down-arrow next to the Border tool (in the Paragraph group), then choose Borders and Shading. Word displays the Borders and Shading dialog box. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Borders tab of the Borders and Shading dialog box.

If the border appears in preview area, make sure that it includes a left-side border.

A third place that the border could be applied is to a table cell, if the graphic was placed within a table. Select the table cell, display the Design tab of the ribbon, click the Borders tool, then choose Borders and Shading. Word displays the Borders and Shading dialog box. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. The Borders tab of the Borders and Shading dialog box.

Make sure Cell is selected from the Apply To drop-down list. Then make sure that the cell is formatted to include a left border.

If the desired border is actually in place and it still doesn't print, there are really only two possibilities. First, the left border may be located so close to the edge of the paper that the printer cannot print it. This pops up regularly if the border is applied to the paragraph as a whole, and the page has very narrow margins.

The second possibility is that there is a problem with your printer driver. To verify if this is the problem, take your document to a different computer—one that uses a different make and model of printer—and print it there. If the left border prints on that system, then you have a pretty good indication that it is a printer driver problem. Check the printer manufacturer's Web site for the latest and greatest printer driver.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (8230) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Missing Left Border.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2019-03-28 07:08:01

Dave Hutchison

I have been going crazy with this and narrowed down the problem.
Neither the left or right border show and sometimes other inside borders disappear. This is a recent issue since I've been using tables and Word for decades. Have latest Word in Office 365.

The settings are set for all borders. I have five monitors. Almost by accident, I found that if I move the document to the 1200x1920 Portrait monitor it shows all the borders. If I move it to my main monitor which is 2560x1440 Landscape, I lose usually the left and right borders but see the entire width of doc - so not off screen. I do have scaling set to 175% so things aren't so tiny on both.

Changing the Word zoom slider on main monitor produces all sort of different results with different borders missing. At 100% zoom which is what I usually use, lose left and right borders. The sweet spot seems to be 182% where it shows all borders. Really weird and must have started with one of the latest Windows or Office updates since no issues for years.

I have never had any display issues before on any of the monitors. Using a high end 1-year old video driver latest Win 10 all updates fast chip and 32 Gigs of memory.


2018-07-13 09:28:34

A M Buonanno

After installing an office update all tables of my word files, BUT ONLY IF CENTERED do not show the left border which however prints correctly. Allthe settings are fine and the documents had the border before. If I hide the borders of the table even the right dotted line indicating the table boundary does not apper, unlike all the others. If I do not center the table the border reappears.


2017-01-17 03:38:34

monamodi

im using word 2016.i had prepared a resume with bordelines,page number and header.but after editing it, the borderlines,pg numbers and heADERs just disaapeared.even with new doc i cant add them.all that appears is just content.how can i get my borderlines back

thank you


2014-12-23 18:38:18

dsafka

Very helpful! Thanks!


2014-11-03 19:29:23

Steve

I put some paragraphs on the right hand side of a page formatted for two columns. I put a box border around the paragraphs. When I inserted a picture in the box, left side-parts of that border disappeared. The picture is about 1/4 the width of the column. The picture's borders are turned off. The only way I can see the paragraph border appear is to use Text Wrapping and have the photo in front of or behind the text. I'd like it to be square and wrap to the right. I use Word 2007. Can you help?


2014-11-03 19:29:00

Steve

I put some paragraphs on the right hand side of a page formatted for two columns. I put a box border around the paragraphs. When I inserted a picture in the box, left side-parts of that border disappeared. The picture is about 1/4 the width of the column. The picture's borders are turned off. The only way I can see the paragraph border appear is to use Text Wrapping and have the photo in front of or behind the text. I'd like it to be square and wrap to the right. I use Word 2007. Can you help?


2013-04-13 12:09:50

Kamal

I just can't wait for your weekly tips. Thank you so much


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