I have been missing for a long time the page boundaries, that have been removed by MS a couple of years ago. I found at: How do I show the page margin in Word 2016? a Macro (I cannot comment there direclty, not enough frequent flyer miles here), that turns them on. However, the question is: how do I turn them off again? The issue is, that when I uncommented the line: ' ActiveDocument.GridOriginFromMargin = True As suggested in the post, it created a checkered page like here: screenshot . How do I get rid of this? I cannot quite figure this out.