Misbehaving Leader Dots

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 27, 2013)

Karyn wrote about problems she was having with leader dots not behaving properly in Word. It seems the dots would appear just fine in Print Preview, but then run beyond where they should when actually printing.

If you've checked to make sure that the tab stops are set properly (they are in the right quantity, of the right type, and in the right position) and that the alignment of the paragraphs is set as it should be (to Left or Justified), then there are a couple of other things you can check. First thing to do is to make sure you reset the printer to factory specifications. You may have to dig out your printer manual, but sometimes the firmware within a printer can get confused and resetting is necessary.

If the problem still isn't solved, then the next thing to check is the printer drivers or the drivers for your video card. You should download the latest drivers from the manufacturer's Web site. Download drivers both for the printer and the video card and replace your old drivers with the new ones.

If you have done this, and the problem still exists, a less-likely cause is that the drivers are too new. Strangely, it can sometime be the latest drivers that introduce a problem that previously wasn't evident. In such cases, particularly if the introduced fault is severe, it can sometime make sense to go back to using an earlier driver version.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (849) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Ignoring Accented Characters in Searches

When writing in non-English languages, there can be many variations of accented characters that are used in a word. You might ...

Discover More

Removing All File Properties

Want to get rid of any properties you've created for a document? You can do so by using the short macro described in this ...

Discover More

Jumping to a Page within a Section

In long documents it is often helpful to jump directly to a particular page. Word provides several tools you can use to get ...

Discover More

Create Custom Apps with VBA! Discover how to extend the capabilities of Office 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access) with VBA programming, using it for writing macros, automating Office applications, and creating custom applications. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2013 today!

More WordTips (menu)

Using Duplex Printing

Want to print on both sides of a piece of paper? Some printers have the capability to do two-sided printing automatically. ...

Discover More

Fonts Unavailable in Word

If you have some fonts that don't show up as available in Word, their exclusion can be confusing. Here's a discussion of why ...

Discover More

Reversing Print Order

When you print a document, does it come out of the printer in the order you need? Here's how to reverse the print order to ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 9 - 2?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.