Bring back "classic" text boundaries
Yes, we've been told that the display of text boundaries in Word 2013 (and I assume 2016 as well) is the result of the new layout engine, that the old text boundaries were really a "mistake" and should not have been relied upon, but thousands of users did rely on them and prefer them. If this idea receives a large number of votes, perhaps it will create a groundswell.
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PLEASE RETURN VISIBLE MARGIN LINES!!!
We need to be able to see the margins. It is that simple.
On a hard copy (which Word is trying to replicate) you would be able to.
PLEASE RETURN VISIBLE MARGIN LINES!!!
I loved working with Office 2010 Word, but now that I put Microsoft 365 in my PC, And now, it won't let me use the older version of Word... Sad!
The old text boundaries showing the whole page were one of the gems of drafting documents with Word. Not having them now is pure vandalism and makes Word less attractive an option for WP.
I've been thinking for the last couple of years that I was going senile not being able to find them; I now see (after hunting through endless forums and self-help blogs) that MS has done this on purpose!!
How is this still 'UNDER REVIEW' from 5 years ago!?
I hate that I can't properly edit my documents now because of some stupid text boundary box. Word has been around for decades and people get used to how it works and feels - stop making ridiculous changes that mean we all have to re learn how to use a simple product!
Camilla Dietrich commented
Please allow me to display text boundaries! I am running two computers, one with an old version of Word, so I can edit properly!
Debbie Vacik commented
Please let us know the status of bringing back "Classic" Text Boundaries. I would love to upgrade my software to a newer version that meets my needs, but the lack of what I call Margin Boundaries, (and this feedback area calls "Classic" Text Boundaries,) is a problem! It is something I am not willing to be without.
It has been 5 years since the original feedback was started on this site, and I don't understand why this very popular feature hasn't been added back. I remember when MSFT really seemed to care about the user's experience. Reading back through the comments here, there are so many users who still use the "classic" text boundaries. They are really missing them, as am I.
I remember some marketing training in the past that said the percentage of people willing to go to the effort of even letting a company know how they feel about a product, is a tiny percentage of the people who feel the same way; the tip of the iceberg. Why hasn't anyone from MSFT come back to tell us more than "Thanks for your feedback! We're reviewing your suggestion."? Your team sounded like they cared, but actions speak louder than words.
I'm needing to upgrade my laptop and this issue is making the process very difficult. It's not as easy as just going to a store or a website and making an order. I have to consider that I don't want the most current versions of MS Office in any way shape or form, because in 5 years, you haven't seemed to listen to the feedback! And now MSFT seems greedy and wants us all to pay ALL THE TIME to have the "privilege" of using MSFT's software when they haven't addressed this issue with a solution in the last 5 years. I have used MS Office for over 20 years. I used MS Word on the computer I learned graphic design on in the mid-90's. I have been very loyal. Why hasn't MSFT been loyal to me?
Please bring back your classic page margins - the ones you see as you are typing. They are very helpful for those of us who have used them for so long. It will be so much appreciated by all of us who have used WORD for years.
Thank you for listening to the thousands of us who wish nothing more than to have this convenience return, the sooner the better. At least make it optional, rather than completely removing it.
Tim Stott commented
I must say that in my professional use (particularly as someone trained in Information Mapping®), I use the text boundaries option as a very useful layout tool. I miss it very much and ask that MS actually listen to customers etc etc . . .
Are you able to imagine the world map without frontier lines? Only edge marks.
It is the same without text boundaries in word.
Let'us use again that GOOD MISTAKE of old text boundaries.
Please bring back the original ’classic’ text boundaries. If it wasn’t broken why has it been changed? You have hundreds of options surely this could have been left as it was. It has taken me ages to find what has been causing the text to be bounded line by line until I unchecked the text boundaries. For now I have checked ‘Show crop marks to define the corner margins. I want to be able to use Word as I’ve always used it without constant cosmetic change ....it works fine as it was.
ocride al mujtahid commented
please bring back 2010 boundaries
Absolutely, yes, bring back the text margin boundaries and make it possible to turn off the blight of the paragraph boundaries. Two other points:
- Example of the work-productivity value of text boundaries: Easier to see when a table border is even a smidgen outside of the margin and must therefore be indented a smidgen. This is not for aesthetics per se. It's to comply with academic, journal, company, and other types of publishing standards.
- Who even uses the paragraph boundaries and for what purpose? I'm not being snide. I am honestly flummoxed as I've been following this problem for a very long time and cannot recall a single instance of anyone stating the need for paragraph boundaries.
Do not remove something you dont have a replacement for. I just spent the last 2 hours looking up how to get the old text boundaries back only to discover its been removed. I am so exasperated with trying to find things buried in a sea of options.
Yes, PLEASE bring back an option for the old boundaries, in the Mac and Windows versions!
I think it would be good to simply keep the newer "text boundaries" option as-is, BUT then just ADD one more checkbox titled "page boundaries" above it or underneath it, in that section of Preferences-> View!
Best of both worlds, am I right?
please, please, double please, bring back the clasic text boundaries.
Why has some numpty idiot decided that Margins is a "bug" that must be removed? Who was the equally stupid “Manager” who approved the removal? This is typical of Programmers who have no experience of the real world (just the Programmer's world) and change things to try and "make a name for themselves". Well they have done this time and it is most certainly NOT repeatable here!
Your "programmers" are all ex-University graduates and the true definition of them is: "Someone who has been educated beyond their intelligence". Think about it!!!
Bring back the visible margins as they are so much more useful than you (or your “Programmers” think!
What else will be removed because it is considered to be a "bug"? It is bad enough that icons (and other things) are now shown "simplified" and shown as mid-grey on light-grey (to compete/keep-up-with Apples stupidity). Your "Programmers" do not consider that some end-users have restricted/limited vision. Once again, read the above definition of a Programmer.
Please bring back the text boundaries. I edit a newsletter and need to know the print area.
What is taking 5 years to fix ?
Under review since 2015?????!!! What the ****--get your programmers working to make this SMALL, but important fix.
Hate the current text boundaries, please bring back the old margin lines. They were far more useful, and much less annoying, than the current text boundaries.