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Hi Ms. Barnhill,
I have to print a lengthy Word document (160 pgs), double-sided, using Word 2010. When I this open document in Print Preview a 'blue' comb binding is shown-- very helpful when working with long documents. (See Image 1) When the document is renamed and re-displayed in Print preview (Image 2) the 'blue' binding guide does not appear.

My questions are:
1) What is the proper name for 'blue' guide?
2) How do I display it in other documents?
3) How do I display the 'blue' binder guide in Word 2013?

From your initial description I thought perhaps you were talking about the display of the "gutter" on the Margins tab of Page Setup, which also displays much like a comb binding. I had not noticed this display in Print Preview, but the blue part I think is just to indicate what two pages will be facing pages.

As I suspected, this "comb" appears only when you have used either or both of two settings that indicate to Word that you will be duplexing the document: (1) "Mirror margins" on the Margins tab of Page Setup and/or (2) "Different odd and even" on the Layout tab of Page Setup (or "Different Odd and Even Pages" on the Header & Footer Tools | Design tab of the Ribbon). I'm not sure why renaming the file would change these settings, but that's the only thing I could find that makes a difference.

Unfortunately, this feature seems to have been eliminated from Word 2013.
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

Rotary Club of Fairhope, Friends of the Fairhope Public Library

B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

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Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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