How to Remove Gridlines in Microsoft Word for Office 365

When you hear the word “gridlines” in relation to a Microsoft Office product, it’s likely that you will associate it with Microsoft Excel. That application displays gridlines on the screen by default, and can even be printed to make the spreadsheet data easier to read on paper.

But it’s possible to have gridlines in Microsoft Word, too. Some people like to use gridlines in Word as a way to more easily position document objects, and those gridlines might be displayed on a document that you receive from someone else. Fortunately you are able to remove those gridlines from view by changing a document setting if you find the gridlines to be distracting or troublesome.

How to Hide Gridlines in Microsoft Word

The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Word for Office 365, but will work in some older versions of Word.

Step 1: Open the document with the gridlines in Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Click the View tab at the top of the window.

select the view tab

Step 3: Click the box to the left of Gridlines to remove the check mark.

how to remove gridlines in microsoft word

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