Missing top and bottom margins in Word

The Margin section on Microsoft Word is very important, but it can also be quite confusing when things change out of the blue. Not too long ago, some users have been complaining about the top margin in Word defaulting to 0 instead of 1-inch. The layout tab is showing it should be 1-inch, but for some reason, the vertical ruler is showing 0. That’s quite confusing if you have no idea what’s going on. Worry not, however, because we know whats going on here, and how to solve it.

Heres the thing, the problem you are facing with the margins in Microsoft Word, from our point of view, could have much to do with the White Space, which removes the display of the Header/Footer areas & separates the pages by a black line rather than a visual break.

It’s annoying for users who are used to visual breaks, especially when they have no idea how to fix it.

Missing top and bottom margins in Word

If you’re having layout issues with Microsoft Word where the top and bottom margins are missing, then try these suggestions to easily fix the problem.

  1. Double-click the top of the writing area
  2. Change White space between pages in Print Layout View setting.

1] Double-click the top of the writing area

Your margin is there, most likely, it’s just hidden. One way to show it is to simply place your mouse cursor at the top of the writing area, or page, and double click. Doing this should allow you to reclaim the margin, and performing the same task again should hide it.

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2] White space between pages in Print Layout View

Missing top and bottom margins in Word

Another way to do it, which requires more steps, is to visit the section that says White space between pages in Print Layout View.

To get this done, then, please click on File, and from there, navigate to Option. When the new window appears, select Display, then make sure to tick the box that says Show White space between pages in Print Layout View.

That alone should fix your problem.

Now, if for some reason you’re still being affected by the margin issue, please leave us a comment.

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