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How can I have an object in the same spot of every page on a word document? Almost like a header, but instead, I'd like to insert it and have it automatically appear in the middle of the page, that way when I fill a page, and move to the next, it's already there. Is there a way to do this?

I want to insert a vertical ruler, and a heading reading "notes" on the right side of every page to be used as a notes section of my document.
If I type, I don't want the font to go beyond the vertical ruler.

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I think what you're actually asking for is to use Page Columns. This will allow you to split the content of your page into separate columns, one for the main content and the other for notes.

  1. Choose Page Layout from the menu
  2. Select the Columns drop down
  3. Choose More Columns

You will want to select options like below to get the desired layout. Equal column width must be unchecked in order to get columns of different sizes.

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Note there are a few things you need to know to use columns correctly.

  • When the content of your first column of a page is complete to move to the second column you need to use Page Layout -> Insert Breaks -> Column. Then you can start writing in the notes column.
  • Once the notes column for the page is complete to move to the next page you need to insert another column break as before or a page break.
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Insert a watermark for every page

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watermark won't work, it will be written over. But that's a good idea thanks. – Frantumn Jul 16 '12 at 14:50

Could be fiddly (depending on how often you're doing this) but, maybe having a background image, and on top of that a Text Box?

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