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Office challenge: Why is Word displaying graph paper?

In this week's challenge, help a Word user who's seeing graph paper! Where did they come from and can you help him get rid of them?

Here's a fun one and the solution is so simple! Well…it's not so much fun for the confused user, whose copy of Word is suddenly displaying graph paper instead of the nice blank sheets the user's familiar with. What happened and can you help this user get Word back to normal?

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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

18 comments
clop0455
clop0455

Similar to Word 2007 but not the same. If grid pattern is one that doesn't print, then it is set as online view only. To remove: On the ribbon, go to View and uncheck grid If pattern prints, then it is a background texture effect. To remove: on the ribbon go to Page layout, Page background section and click on page color. Then mark as no color to remove colors and also textures such as grid patterns.

birumut
birumut

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smvv1
smvv1

In Word 2007, to turn off the background grid effect that may be showing up on every page of a Word document, 1. Click the Page Layout tab 2. In the Page Background group, click on the little drop down arrow on the Page Color button 3. Select: No Color This turns off background color (if it's on) and, surprisingly, background texture (in this challenge, the grid/graph paper effect).

jljacobsen
jljacobsen

On the VIEW tab, in the SHOW/HIDE group, uncheck GRIDLINES.

joel
joel

User accidentally clicked the Excel icon instead of Word or The link information on the shortcut is wrong and it open Excel instead of Word ; P

simon.freeman
simon.freeman

Didn't know about the gridlines in Word. I am puzzled that they don't seem to be square which I think is weird. Also they don't print. Not really sure what the point is, if any. I guess they could help in creating a layout.

milleja
milleja

Word graph paper could be imbedded in the dot file. Some of the dot files can replicate themselves via macros.

elongp
elongp

View tab, uncheck Gridlines

pctrain
pctrain

The user has Gridlines turned on. In 2007/2010, click View, de-select "Gridlines" in the "Show" group.

mahussain
mahussain

The user has downloaded the graph paper template and set the default template to graph sheet. To bring the plain paper back she needs to apply the normal template.

tsquare0909
tsquare0909

turn grid lines off on the view menu.

Phil
Phil

Alternatively it could be a backgound format of the "fill effect - pattern" type? Turn of via Format Menu - Background - No fill.

RobertMoore12
RobertMoore12

Truth be known ALL versions of WORD have an option for grid line viewing. It's just a matter of turning them on or off as needed. And this would account for graph paper in word.

dhays
dhays

It is good to know about this option, if needed. I knew you could turn them off and on in Excel, but did not know they existed in Word.

pjunkel-pcmind
pjunkel-pcmind

She needs to make sure her default template was not changed as well.

sandra.scrivens
sandra.scrivens

I agree with ejensen. I 2003 version she can turn them off using the Draw menu - Grid - uncheck the Gridlines option

eljensen
eljensen

I would bet the user is showing gridlines for some reason. She can turn them off in 2010 by clicking on the View tab, then unchecking Gridlines in the Show group.

rmargeson
rmargeson

In Word 2007, click on Page Layout, then in the Arrange Group click the dropdown arrow next to Align and deselect View Gridlines