Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Jumping to the End of Page after Enter.

Jumping to the End of Page after Enter

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 2, 2014)


Gretchen is experiencing a problem that just started happening in Word. When she types a line of text and presses Enter, the cursor automatically skips to the end of the page. She has re-set the defaults, restarted the computer, even re-installed the software, but it is still happening.

The problem is probably because of a setting in the layout of the page, as defined in your Normal template. (Even if you reinstall the software, the installer doesn't overwrite an existing copy of the Normal template, so any settings it contained before are still there after the reinstall.) Here's what to do:

  1. Load your Normal template. You want to actually locate it on disk and load it; don't simply create a document based upon it.
  2. Display the Page Layout tab of the ribbon.
  3. Click the small icon at the bottom-right of the Page Setup group. Word displays the Page Setup dialog box.
  4. Make sure the Layout tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Layout tab of the Page Setup dialog box.

  6. Using the Vertical Alignment drop-down list, choose Top.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Save your template.

This will help correct the problem in future documents. If the problem exists in documents you previously created, you'll need to load the document and perform the same steps on them individually.

If you have the vertical alignment (step 5) set to some other value, then Word tries to distribute your text across the page vertically according to the setting. This can make it seem like the cursor jumps to the end of the page when you press Enter; if the Vertical Alignment drop-down is set to Justified, then the jump would be exactly as described after pressing Enter.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (13193) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Jumping to the End of Page after Enter.

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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2015-11-05 13:19:01

Aum Jah

It's grate that you provide this information and I thank you for that ... but really, "Load your Normal template. You want to actually locate it on disk and load it"

I may be simple minded, but i really have no clue as to where to "locate it on disk" let alone how.

Thus, regrettably, I'm getting sent all over the internet because MS Word chooses to make us play there instead of giving us access to the system we paid for.

2015-02-13 00:07:27

Paul Michael Frazee

I need your help! Whenever I press the TAB button in a document I am writing the cursor drops all the way to the end of the document. I've tried everything known to man and can't get it to stop doing this. Suggestions?

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