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Missing Left Border

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 7, 2018)

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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 and 2016) 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. If the border appears in preview area, make sure that it includes a left-side border. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Borders and Shading dialog box.

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. 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, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Missing Left Border.

Author Bio

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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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

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