When you try to print a document in Microsoft Word, you receive an error message that resembles the following error message:

The margins of section
Section_Number are set outside the printable area of the page. Do you want to continue?

In this message, Section_Number is the section that contains nonprintable text.

If you click Yes, your document is printed, but some text may be truncated and may not appear on the printed page. If you click No, the document is not printed.


This issue may occur if you set your document or section margins closer to the edge of the paper than your printer can print.

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.


To resolve this issue, correct the margins in the section that appears in the error message. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. In Microsoft Office Word 2003 and in earlier versions of Word, click Go To on the Edit menu.

    In Microsoft Office Word 2007, click Replace in the Editing group on the Home tab, and then click the Go To tab.

  2. In the Go to what box, click

  3. In the Enter section number box, type the number of the section that appears in the error message, then click Go To, and then click Close.

  4. In Word 2003 and in earlier versions of Word, click Page Setup on the File menu.

    In Word 2007, click Page Setup Dialog Box Launcher in the Page Setup group on the Page Layout tab.

  5. Click the Margins tab, and then click

    Note A Microsoft Word dialog box appears that has the following warning message:

    One or more margins are set outside the printable area of the page. Choose the Fix button to increase the appropriate margins.

  6. Click Fix. This increases any margin for the nonprintable region to the minimum permitted setting.

    Note If you are familiar with the minimum margins that the printer requires, you can manually increase the Top,
    Bottom, Left, and Right
    margins to the correct specifications.

  7. Repeat steps 1 through 6 if more than one section has margins that are set outside the printable area.

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