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When you import a Microsoft Word document with custom margin and indent settings, the Import Word Document Wizard ignores these settings and instead defaults to a predefined margin setting for a text frame.
Any margin and indent format settings that were in the Word document before you imported it into Publisher are ignored. Other changes can include the following:
Microsoft Word and Publisher treat margins differently. In Word, page margins are defined from the edge of the page. In essence, Word treats a page as though it was one large text frame. In Publisher, page margins are entirely separate from the frame margins. Publisher text frames can be positioned anywhere, and they are not affected by the page size of the publication. Therefore, there is no one-to-one mapping of margins between the two programs.
To work around this problem, use one of the following methods.
Method 1: Do Not Use Custom Margins in WordIf possible, do not change the page margins in Word when you create your document. Instead, using Formatting and Styles, adjust the indents for the document to reflect the appearance that you want your document to have. For more information about creating styles in Word, click Microsoft Word Help on the Help menu, type create a new style in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.
If you use custom indents for your document instead of changing the page margins, all indents and objects will be displayed in Publisher the way that you positioned them in Word.
Method 2: Create Custom Styles in PublisherIf custom margins were already applied to your document, you must either modify the Normal style or create a custom style in order to reformat the text to the correct positions. If you are using tables in your Word document, you must define a special table-only style to maintain the formatting within the table. For more information about creating styles in Publisher, click Microsoft Publisher Help on the Help menu, type work with text styles in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.
Method 3: Manually Set Indents in PublisherYou can also manually set the indents for the imported Word document text in the publication, frame by frame.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.