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Page borders may be displayed or printed incorrectly in Word 2002 and in Word 2003
Article ID: 291335 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q291335
For a Microsoft Word 2000 version of this article, see 189889
For a Microsoft Word 97 version of this article, see 167874
When you print or view a Microsoft Word document in print preview, the page borders in your document may not be printed or displayed as expected, and you may receive the following error message:
One or more margins are set outside the printable area of the page. Choose the Fix button to increase the appropriate margins.
This problem occurs because the default page border is only 24 points (about 5/16 inch) from the edge of the page, regardless of the actual nonprintable region for your printer. Even though your document margins may fit in the printable region of the page, the page border may still be in the nonprintable region defined by your printer driver.
This problem affects Hewlett-Packard (HP) DeskJet printers more than any other printers. The bottom nonprintable region of an HP DeskJet printer is 0.67 inch or larger. The specific setting depends on the DeskJet series printer driver.
To work around this problem and make it more likely that the page border will be printed, use one of the following methods to change the margin settings for the page border.
Method 1: Position the Page Border Relative to the Outside Edge of the Page
Method 2: Position the Page Border Relative to the Page MarginTo set the position of the inside edge of the page border relative to the page margin, follow these steps:
Method 3: Position the Border Relative to the Page Margin and Change the Margin Setting for the Page
Method 4: Change the Paper Size to a Custom Size
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Most printers cannot print all the way to the edge of the paper because of physical limitations in the way that the printer handles paper.
If you set your document margins closer to the edge of the paper than your printer is capable of printing, Word and Microsoft Word Viewer return a warning message for each copy that you send to the printer.
Most laser printers, such as the HP LaserJet, cannot print closer than 0.25 inch to any edge of the paper. Some laser printers, such as the HP LaserJet Series II, require 0.5-inch margins. DeskJet printers generally cannot print closer to the bottom edge than 0.67 inch. Most PostScript and dot-matrix printers have their own internal printer driver setting for margins.
For additional information about nonprintable regions, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/191031/ )WD2000: Message: One or more margins are set outside the printable area of the page
To Change or Add a Page Border