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When creating a new document and in Print Layout, Word sometimes places the cursor right at the top of the page - not catering for the top margin.

I'm not sure why - can only presume this is a bug.

The workaround, to make it display the cursor where it should be (below the margin) seems to be to view the Header then hide the header:

  1. Select menu item 'View' - 'Header and Footer' (this shows the header)
  2. Do the same thing to hide it (Select menu item 'View' - 'Header and Footer').

That's it - the cursor should now be placed where it should be - so you can start typing text and see it in the correct position on the page.

HTH

Tim

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 9:12 AM | Back to top


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A fix for when cursor appears at the top of the page:

Tools, Options, on the View tab click White spaces between pages to turn it on. The feature some how was turned off which caused the cursor to move to the top of the page. What is wierd is that the status bar still showed the cursor at 1".

Hope this helps fix the problem.
Left by Belle Diva on Jul 02, 2008 8:19 AM

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Just came on this by accident. If the cursor is at the top of the page, move the arrow/pointer to the very top of the page. Two little boxes will appear with arrows facing each other and a comment, 'show white space.' Click and the normal margins at the top & bottom come back. Click again and the white margins disappear. Superflous MSWord-ism?
Left by Steve on Aug 29, 2008 9:13 AM

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Found this answer from Google. Problem solved! Thanks
Left by Graham Dolan on Sep 10, 2008 5:15 AM

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Thanks for this. Solved a very irritating bug which can happen by accident with the slip of a mouse finger!
Left by Ric on Nov 18, 2008 10:56 PM

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if you go to view then header/footer and click it, then go to view and unclick header/footer, it appears, right?

after that i tried to save that document as my templet in the microsoft folder, and it didn't work.

I then went to the folder, and clicked the "normal" templet and lo and behold, the blue line is now there.

i go to my desktop and click the microsoft word icon, and lo and behold, the blue line is there.

f'ing ay.

thanks guys!
Left by batman on Apr 08, 2009 4:23 AM

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Thanks for sharing your knowledge. This was sooooo annoying to me.
Left by Kasandra on Oct 07, 2009 12:32 PM

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You may also choose Options from the Tools menu.

Go to Print and Web layout options

Check White spaces between pages (print view only)

Left by D-Lock on Nov 11, 2009 2:56 PM

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I tried all these fixes; none worked. First off, there is no header/footer under view; it's under insert in Word 2007. In addition, there is no "view header/footer" under insert, it merely asks if you want to insert or delete one. I tried check and unchecking the "white area between pages" under options, which is now under Word Options and not Tools, and nothing changed. I get the double arrow at the top and bottom of my annoying page, but no options are offered and nothing changes when I click it. Any other suggestions?
Left by KMF on Jan 06, 2010 5:43 PM

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I also have MS Word 2007, when you scan over the cursor at the very top of your page and see the two arrows facing each other, just double click and the cursor should return to its regular position, at least mine did.
Left by phil on Mar 28, 2010 11:05 PM

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thanks so much! this worked perfectly! :)
Left by Jenna on Apr 08, 2010 8:44 PM

# I can type but my cursor remains at the beginning of the line
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my cursor does not move when i type...it just stays at the front of the line...everything seems backwards
Left by janoo on Apr 14, 2010 6:02 AM

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Thanks for this fix to a very annoying problem.
Left by JSR on May 06, 2010 10:39 AM

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Worked perfectly - thank you!
(Did the Tools, Options... fix)
Left by SMC on May 19, 2010 9:36 AM

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Hi, I would like to know how to change the cursors position from the right hand side to its original state in Microsoft word 2003.

Everything I type starts from the right and move to the left.

Help me please.
Left by Michael Pudman on May 26, 2010 12:22 AM

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Thaks so much this was a great help.

Mike.
Left by Mike KEndall on Jun 30, 2010 1:29 AM

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Great tip for annoying problem! Thanks!
Left by Tomasz on Jul 16, 2010 9:23 AM

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Cusor at the top of the document.

To move the cusor down 1 and 1/2 inch from the top of the page. Do this for word 2007.

1. Open Word 2007
2. Click on the Office Button Uper left Corner
3. Click on Word Options Lower Right of Drop Doqn Nenu
4. Select dispay upper left and Click on it.
5. Under page display Options At The Top
6 Place a Check Mark in the Square to show White Spaces Between Pages

This will move the cusor down below the header

Left by Paul Stone on Aug 22, 2010 2:54 PM

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Cusor at the top of the document.

To move the cusor down 1 and 1/2 inch from the top of the page. Do this for word 2007.

1. Open Word 2007
2. Click on the Office Button Upper left Corner
3. Click on Word Options Lower Right of Drop Down Menu
4. Select Display upper left and Click on it.
5. Under Page Display Options At The Top
6 Place a Check Mark in the Square to show White Spaces Between Pages

This will move the cusor down below the header
Left by Paul on Aug 22, 2010 2:59 PM

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Some people are so stupid, duh how do I move my cursor if I'm on Microdot LSD in MS Word?
Left by Too Smart on Oct 26, 2010 5:38 PM

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Word 2010. Bij opening nieuw Word document blijft cursor bovenaan de pagina staan....?
Left by Ludo Dehollogne on Aug 29, 2011 1:00 PM

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When I open up MS Word 2010, the cursor is on the right hand side of the page and therefore when I type, it goes from right to left instead of left to right. This is so frustrating as I have a lot of word documents to do on a daily basis. I would really appreciate a fix for this if you can help out. I am running Windows 7 SP1.
Left by Cam Smith on Oct 22, 2011 6:16 AM

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Thank YOU Paul! That worked great! I knew that it had to be something simple like that.
Left by Bruce on Feb 03, 2012 12:47 PM

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Thank you so much for this. It has been driving me crazy for weeks now. I have no idea what I accidentally did to cause this behavior but the Tools, Options, white space thing fixed it for me!!
Left by Laura on Feb 25, 2012 4:45 PM

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YES! thats it! Excellent and thank you . I have been trying to replace the Normal.dot template and have been frustrated with this bug.
Left by BTS on Jul 01, 2012 10:04 AM

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Great, found this thread by googling, thank you very much! Was annoying the heck out of me and I couldn't figure out what was causing it. Mysterious ways of Office.
Left by K. Jansen on Aug 20, 2012 7:55 PM

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Thank you Steve! I have tried EVERYTHING to get my cursor down about one inch from top of page...placing my arrow right in the very corner helped (white space). My problem was they every time I opening word it would start the cursor at the very tip top left of the page....instead of the usual one inch from top
Left by Courtney on Nov 28, 2012 4:14 PM

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Thanks Steve, this happened to me for the first time ever about 15 minutes ago & it was driving me mad!!
Left by Jay on Dec 03, 2012 9:23 AM

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Thank you!! This was driving me nuts!!..it happened when someone sent me a word doc. Fixed it instantly.

Thank you!
Left by sarah on Jan 13, 2013 5:07 PM

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Hi Steve,

Thanks for your advice!!! It works.
Left by George on Feb 08, 2013 7:50 PM

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thanks heaps for this...it was really annoying me. Little things hey..!?
Left by bob on Feb 20, 2013 8:25 AM

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Oh my stars! this has been driving me crazy! the fix was to choose the show white space option in options or hover your cursor over the very top of your document and when it turns to a double area click. Works like a charm. Thanks so much.
Left by Judy on Apr 24, 2013 9:00 PM

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