How to remove margin marks in Word 2003


Before you start, make sure that the Text boundaries option in Word is not selected.

FWIW: these steps worked at the time of writing but (as you may know) things change with Microsoft applications, so you may have to experiment a little.

To do this, follow these steps:

  • Start Word 2003.
  • On the Tools menu, click Options.
  • In the View tab, under Print and Web Layout options, verify that the Text boundaries check box is selected.
  • If the Text boundaries check box is selected, click to clear the Text boundaries check box.
  • Remove all the Asian languages from the Enabled languages list.

To do this, follow these steps:

  • Click Start, All Programs, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Tools, and then click Microsoft Office 2003 Language Settings.

How to find the language settings in MS Office

  • In the Enabled languages list, select and remove all the languages that you do not use except English (U.S.).

To do this, follow these steps:

  • In the Enabled languages list, select a language that you want to remove, and then click Remove.

Select Language setting in MS Office 2003 2007

  • Click OK to update the language settings.

Change Langauge settings in Ms Office

Note: You can also press the CTRL key and select more than one language, and then click Remove to remove those languages.

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TQ January 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I tried the solutions in both Ms-Word 2007 and 2003 but I can NOT remove these crop marks!

Please advise.

Ivan Walsh January 6, 2010 at 6:00 am

Are you viewing the doc in Print mode or in Normal mode?

That may be holding you up.

TQ January 6, 2010 at 6:53 am

Thanks for your reply.

In Word 2007 I only have 4 modes available under the View Tab they are:
– Print Layout
– Full Screen Reading
– Web Layout
– Outline
– Draft

I've tried all these modes. IN Draft mode, the offending crop mark characters don't appear. Web layout mode is useless because it jumbles the whoe document for some reason. So I guess I normally work in Print Layout Mode.

Does that help?

I could e-mail you a copy of the file as it is just 1 page. Also I do have access to a PC with Word 2003.

Thanks for any thoughts!

Ivan Walsh January 8, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Sure, send it over. I'm on Gmail. it's ivanwalsh with an a between the ivan and walsh (a for anthony)

Ivan Walsh January 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm

By the way, when you print out the doc, do the crop marks appear?

If not, then the crop marks are related to how Word is setup on your PC.

You can turn off the settings under (I think) Tools, Options. I'm at the airport otherwise I'd look.

Ivan Walsh January 9, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Do the crop marks print out?

or is it only on-screen?

Ivan Walsh January 10, 2010 at 3:15 am

Do the crop marks print out?

or is it only on-screen?

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