Microsoft Word lets you add a number of different objects to your document other than text. This might include images or Word Art, or any of a variety of other items that can help your content.
Positioning those elements can be difficult to do by sight alone, so Microsoft Word lets you display a pattern of gridlines behind your page, which you can use to better position document objects.
But if you didn’t add the gridlines yourself, or if you did it by mistake and can’t get rid of them, then you may be trying to figure out how to remove those gridlines.
Our guide below will show you how to make this change in your document.
How to Get Rid of a Grid in Microsoft Word
The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Word for Office 365, but will work in many other versions of Word as well.
Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word.
Step 2: Select the View tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the button to the left of Gridlines in the Show section of the ribbon to remove the check mark.
If this isn’t removing the grid from your document, then it’s possible that you are trying to get rid of a table instead.
You can remove a table in Microsoft Word by clicking inside one of the table cells, choosing the Layout tab at the top of the window, then clicking the Delete button and selecting Delete Table from the dropdown menu.
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