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    Gutter Border (2000 )

    I couldn't find a way to make a line border for a gutter, so I used the time-honoured traditional method of dropping a AutoShape vertical line into the Page Headers.
    I now have a 3cm gutter down the left-hand side, with a vertical line marking its right-hand edge - thereby separating my training notes from an area that can be used for penciled scribbles.

    Is there a better way?

    I could find no reference to "gutter border" or "gutter line" in this forum or the Word help files.
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    Re: Gutter Border (2000 )

    I don't have access to Word 2000 right now, but in 2003 one of the types of tab you can have is a Bar Tab. If you set one of those just outside the left margin, you would get a line down the outside of the text. Is that any good? See below.

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    Re: Gutter Border (2000 )

    Could you use Page Border in some creative way, perhaps by using just a left-hand border? (I presume that's available in 2000 - I've got only XP here.)

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    Re: Gutter Border (2000 )

    >using just a left-hand border?
    Thanks William, but that was my first try.
    The page border sits about 1/4" from the edge of the paper no matter how I play with margins, gutters etc.

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    Re: Gutter Border (2000 )

    > you can have a Bar Tab.
    (Don't tell Jezza and the rest of the crowd; they'll be lined up six deep .....)

    Good try.
    Bar Tabs exist in Word2000.
    On my first essay, a new document, plain text pasted down the entire page Normal style, it looked great.
    In my target document, setting the bar tab in the Normal Style carried over into all styles based on Normal (screenshot).
    I'd have to un-bar the Header style and work out what's going on in the table.

    Ctrl-A to select all and assigning bar tab to all paragraphs isn't a real solution, either, since I may want to update styles or introduce new styles as the document progresses.

    It's still not as good as having that solid line right down the page.
    More than anything I'm puzzled that while we have page Borders, and (Format, Columns) Line-Betweens, we don't appear to have a gutter margin.
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    Re: Gutter Border (2000 )

    Are you sure you can't position the border relative to "Text" rather than "Edge of page"? That option exists in XP.

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    Re: Gutter Border (2000 )

    > That option exists in XP.

    William, it exists in 2000, too. It just takes someone smarter than me to think about clicking on the Options button.
    Once that is done, it's a piece (as we say in the trade) of cake.
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    Re: Gutter Border (2000 )

    OK - next suggestion. Open the header, draw a line down the whole page parallel to the margin and adjust it to be the length and distance from the edge that you want. If you want it on opposite sides for left and right pages, have different odd and even headers. Because it's in the header it will appear on every page. Just because it's in the header, it isn't confined to the top of the page. Sample attached.

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    Edited to say - sorry - just noticed you started with that idea. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> But why not? It works.
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    Re: Gutter Border (2000 )

    I think that your original solution looks perfectly good, is there some reason that it doesn't work for you?

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    Re: Gutter Border (2000 )

    CG> I couldn't find a way to make a line border for a gutter
    IW> But why not? It works.

    Yes, it works. I was happy to go with my solution - it got the job done - but was mightily puzzled that there didn't seem to be a way to do it with the page setup.
    As <post:=614,313>post 614,313</post:> indicates, I had failed to explore the Options button in the dialogue. That solved my puzzle.

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    Re: Gutter Border (2000 )

    > is there some reason that it doesn't work for you
    No, none at all. as <post:=614,366>post 614,366</post:> indicates, my solution was good enough for the printout I needed to make. I was puzzled that I had to resort to a workaround.
    It's been a long day and I wasn't anywhere near my usual standards of "Explore every option before asking for help".
    Anyway, hopefully this thread will serve as an anchor on the off chances that someone more stupid/blind/dense than I comes along (grin!)

    Thanks again to all who helped me to drag my brain out of/into the gutter.

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