Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Jumping to the End of Page after Enter.

Jumping to the End of Page after Enter

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 29, 2018)


Gretchen is experiencing a problem that just started happening in Word. When she types a line of text and presses Enter, the cursor automatically skips to the end of the page. She has re-set the defaults, restarted the computer, even re-installed the software, but it is still happening.

The problem is probably because of a setting in the layout of the page, as defined in your file. (When you reinstall the software, the installer doesn't overwrite an existing copy of, so any settings it contained before are still there after the reinstall.) Here's what to do:

  1. Load your file. You want to actually locate it on disc and load it; don't simply create a document based upon it.
  2. Choose Page Setup from the File menu. Word displays the Page Setup dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Layout tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Layout tab of the Page Setup dialog box.

  5. Using the Vertical Alignment drop-down list, choose Top.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Save your template.

This will help correct the problem in future documents. If the problem exists in documents you previously created, you'll need to load the document and perform the same steps on them individually.

If you have the vertical alignment (step 4) set to some other value, then Word tries to distribute your text across the page vertically according to the setting. This can make it seem like the cursor jumps to the end of the page when you press Enter; if the Vertical Alignment drop-down is set to Justified, then the jump would be exactly as described after pressing Enter.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (3530) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Jumping to the End of Page after Enter.

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. ...


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What is 3 - 3?

2017-09-01 03:05:01


Thank you so much...It is really working

2017-02-11 02:55:44


i am very happy. the instruction given above solved my problem better. Thanks you so much.

2017-02-05 16:27:11


What do you mean by load the file? How do you load a file?

2016-09-27 08:12:43


your tip did not help but I found another one that kind of did!
It is simpler - get the Paragraph dropdown list (little arrow @ bottom corner of status bar paragraph section, home tab.
Then in the left tab "Line and Page breaks" uncheck the last 3 boxes of "Pagination" ...That should be it.
"should be" because it did not work either for me at first and for some unknown reason I had to do and undo it a few times Then the miracle came! and it did when I checked them back??? And to make it more bizarre now these 3 are unchecked.
Why they also were checked when I had the problem after using this particular document for at least one month without a glitch is a mystery. But all of the sudden it drove me crazy yesterday.

2016-09-26 18:41:44

Mick MMM

I too think I followed your steps to correct this unwanted event.
second last step (Vertical alignment was already "top"
but I didn't know how to save as (normal dot) so just saved...And the problem is still there!

2016-05-19 01:40:28


Thank you very much.. it works

2016-03-03 13:54:08


Did that. Didn't help. Word 2013 is driving me crazy.

2015-11-03 15:46:25

Rebekah Seagraves

Thank you so much for your help! I was at a loss. Normally I can figure it out, but it's people like you who make life easier. Thank you again!

2015-09-01 06:48:02


Thank you so much. I was having a horrible time typing my assignments because the sudden unwanted formatting was such a pain. Among the 10 articles I read to solve my problem, yours is the only one that helped.

2015-08-21 03:50:04


Thank you so much!

2015-07-10 03:17:01

danny c s

Thank you so much. :)

2015-05-16 23:57:51


Thank you Team. Thank You very much. Problem solved.

2014-08-03 16:25:35


Awesome! Thanks for this info!

2014-04-30 12:30:27


super job................done 100%

2014-03-24 00:17:49

John Magu

I have a similar problem. When I type say about four lines of text and hit Enter at the end of each one, for the first say three all is good but on the fourth the text just typed proceeds up the page and out of view. I then have to scroll back up to it via the scroll bars on the RHS. From this point it seems to work normally.

2014-03-17 11:28:53


Thank you so much, problem solved! :)

2014-01-07 01:02:52

Peter Balaba

Thank you very much for the online support. I had the same problem this morning and I was confused!
thank you again for your help

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