boxes suddenly appearing around each paragraph in Word 365


  1. Posts : 1,788
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    boxes suddenly appearing around each paragraph in Word 365


    About 2 days ago, all my Word docs started to display very thin line boxes around each paragraph, in the PRINT View. I have RTFM and made sure that borders were turned off around paragraphs and pages.

    Here is a typical doc.

    boxes suddenly appearing around each paragraph in Word 365-borders.png
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  2. Posts : 17,013
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #2

    They look like section breaks to me
    boxes suddenly appearing around each paragraph in Word 365-section-breaks.png
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    I suppose that's why you are asking about them in removing ALL section breaks in Word Doc in one operation?



    But they could be frames - and they might have accidentally been added to a style definition.
    I find this less likely. I could not reproduce your diagram exactly. I had to add blank lines of a different style in between them to get this diagram of frames:

    boxes suddenly appearing around each paragraph in Word 365-frames.png





    All the best,
    Denis
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  3. Posts : 18,034
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #3

    Try3 said:
    They look like section breaks to me.
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  4. Posts : 17,013
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #4

    Whatever the explanation turns out to be, I suggest you use File explorer to go to your Normal.dotm or, if the former does not exist, Normal.dotx and set the file to be read only.
    I have found this to be the only reliable method of avoiding changes being made to my templates.

    Denis
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  5. Posts : 2,209
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit v23H2
       #5

    Try3 said:
    They look like section breaks to me
    All the best,
    Denis
    The problem is they don't look like section breaks.

    The OP has Show/Hide set to Show.

    boxes suddenly appearing around each paragraph in Word 365-word1.jpg

    It is apparent that they are not section breaks. The only way I could come close to what the OP is showing is to put borders around each paragraph. That shouldn't be saved. I am not sure if that could be saved in the Normal template.

    boxes suddenly appearing around each paragraph in Word 365-word2.jpg

    If it is a style you could remove it.

    Select all text.
    Click on arrow at bottom right of Styles.

    boxes suddenly appearing around each paragraph in Word 365-word3.jpg

    Click on Clear All

    boxes suddenly appearing around each paragraph in Word 365-word4.jpg

    As a last resort the Normal template could simply be deleted. Word would then automatically recreate it with the default settings. The only drawback is you would lose any customizations you made to it.

    boxes suddenly appearing around each paragraph in Word 365-word3.jpg
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  6. Posts : 17,013
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #6

    MisterEd said:
    The problem is they don't look like section breaks.
    They do to me.
    The diagrams in posts #1 & #2 look the same to me.
    Your diagram looks very different.

    All the best,
    Denis
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