Object encroaches on nonprintable region

The object is positioned close enough to the edge of the page to be in the nonprintable region of most desktop printers. If this is not fixed, the object will not be printed.

The object is one of the following:

  • An AutoShape

  • A table

  • A text box

  • A picture or clip art

The nonprintable region depends on which desktop printer you are printing to. The Design Checker will query the printer that you selected from Page Setup (File menu) to determine the nonprintable region. However, if the Design Checker can't get the necessary information from the printer, it will assume a default nonprintable region of 0.25 inches (0.6 cm).

To find and select the item, click the error message in the Design Checker task pane, click the arrow, and then click Go to this Item.

To confirm that this is a problem, determine your printer's nonprintable region. Then, if necessary, move the object.

Move the object

To fix this problem, move the object. You can move an object or a group of objects by dragging it, nudging it, or using measurements to position it on the page.

Drag the object to a new position

  1. Position the mouse pointer over the object until the pointer changes to the Move pointer Move pointer .

  2. Drag the object to the new position. To drag the object in a straight line, hold down SHIFT while you drag the object.

    Note: If one of the Snap commands is turned on, the object might snap to the nearest guide, object, or ruler mark when you release the mouse button.

Nudge the object

  • Select the object and then press one of the arrow keys to move the object in the direction that you want.

    The object moves a set distance each time you press an arrow key. The default nudge distance is 0.13 inch (or its equivalent if you are using another unit of measurement). However, you can change the nudge distance.


    1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Edit tab.

    2. Select the Arrow keys nudge objects by check box, and then type the distance that you want objects to move when you nudge them.

Position the object precisely on the page

  1. Right-click the object, and then click Format object type on the shortcut menu.

  2. On the Layout tab, under Position on page, enter the positive measurements for the horizontal and vertical placement of the object or group of objects.

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