Many Word documents will only contain text in them, but the program is capable of including other types of media as well. Whether you are adding pictures, tables, or clip art, adding a visual element other than text can bring a lot of value to your document.
But aligning objects in your Word document can be difficult when you are just using your eyes on a computer screen, so one way to make object alignment simpler is with a grid. Word 2010 has an option for gridlines that you can toggle on or off. These gridlines are displayed in the editable section of the document, behind your content.
Display Gridlines in a Word 2010 Document
The steps in this article will change the appearance of your document by including a grid that spans the entire editable region of the document. The gridlines will not print with the document, and are meant to serve as a guide when placing elements within the document. If you simply have a table and want to hide the borders of the table, then you can read the steps in this guide.
Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word 2010.
Step 2: Click the View tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Check the box to the left of Gridlines in the Show section of the Office ribbon at the top of the window.
Your Word document should now include a grid that covers the entire editable region of the document body, as in the image below.
if you find the gridlines to be distracting, or if you are done using them, then you can turn the gridlines off by unchecking the box from Step 3 above.
Are you printing your document on a page size other than letter? This article will show you how to adjust the size of your page for the type of paper on which it will be printed.
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