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How to remove the space around a visio page

Updated July 20, 2017

Microsoft Visio 2010 provides abundant design tools to create diagrams, charts, templates and other drawings. Visio, like Microsoft Word, is set up to create printed documents. Unlike Web pages or application screens, printed documents have a specific border. When someone creates a design in Visio, a white space border is shown around outer layer of the page. While the border cannot be eliminated completely, it can be hidden from view.

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  1. Launch Microsoft Visio 2010. Right-click on the "File" tab on the top navigation menu using the right mouse button. Then right click on "New." Finally right-click on the "New Design" icon at the bottom of the screen.

  2. Right-click on the "Insert" tab on the top navigation menu. Next right-click on the "Blank Page" icon. Select "Background Page" from the menu. Then right-click on the "Ok" button at the bottom right side of the window.

  3. Right-click on the "Design" tab on the top navigation menu. Select the first box under the "Backgrounds" header text with a right-click.

  4. Move the mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen to the "Page -1" tab. Left-click on the "Page-1" tab. Then select "Page Setup" by clicking on the right mouse button. Then click on "Page Properties." Click on the "Background" field and select "Vbackground-1." Finally right click on the "Ok" button. The page will no longer have a visible border field.

  5. Tip

    While borders can be hidden, they are still present.


    Objects that are placed over the border region will not appear on a printed page or exported PDF file.

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Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Visio 2010

About the Author

Bruce Emmerling began writing in 2009 and has professional experience in the fields of computers, usability research and Web development. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in information systems management from the University of Maryland University College and is currently working on a Master of Arts in human-centered computing from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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