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In Microsoft Word, when the contents of a header or footer in a document islarger than half the page size, part of the header or footer will betruncated (cut off).
This functionality is by design of Microsoft Word. By default, Word willnot allow a header or footer to be larger than half the total page height.
For example, in a letter-sized document (8.5 x 11 inches) in portraitorientation, the header or footer can be a maximum of 5.5 inches in height.In landscape orientation, the header or footer can be a maximum 4.25 inchesin height.
Set the Header or Footer to a fixed (absolute) height. To do so, followthese steps:
On the File menu, click Page Setup.
Click to select the Margins tab.
In the Top Margin box, change the top margin to a negative value. For example, if your top margin is set to 1" (1 inch), change the top margin to -1" (-1 inch).
For more information about headers and footers, follow the stepsappropriate for your version of Word.
Word 98 Macintosh Edition
Click the Office Assistant, type "Why is the text in my header cut off?,"click Search, and then click to view "Troubleshoot headers and footers."
NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on theStandard toolbar. If Microsoft Help is not installed on your computer,please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component
Word 7.0 for Windows 95
On the Help menu, click Answer Wizard. Type "Why is the text in my headercut off?" and click Search. Click to select the topic "Troubleshoot headersand footers," and then click Display.
Word 6.0 (Windows and Macintosh)
On the Help menu, click "Search for help on." Type Headers, and then clickDisplay. In the Topics Found dialog box, click "Page Setup: Margins, PageNumbers, and Other Items," click Display, and then click "Adjusting theposition of a header or footer."