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WD97: Borders Overlap When You Try to Position Frames Side by Side

Article ID: 173233

Article Last Modified on 8/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173233


The left and right borders overlap by about 4 points on frames positioned side by side when you use the Format Frames dialog box. For example if you create 2 frames and set the width of each to 1 inch, and then set the horizontal position of the first frame to 1 inch and the horizontal position of the second frame to 2 inches, the borders of the frames will overlap by about 4 points.


The left and right borders of a frame are approximately 4 points larger than the dimension specified in the Width setting of the Format Frame dialog box. The Horizontal Position of the left frame border is offset approximately 2 points to the left of the position specified in the Horizontal Position of the Format Frame dialog box. When you try to position two frames next to each other so that their left and right borders touch, they will overlap by approximately 4 points if the frame width and horizontal position do not compensate for these offsets.


To work around this behavior, do one of the following:

  • Use text boxes instead of frames.


  • Adjust the width and horizontal position of the frames to compensate for the offsets.


This behavior is by design.

Additional query words: frame, format, size, align, touch, backup, overlap

Keywords: kbframe kblayout kbprb KB173233