Word suddenly changed its format, how to fix

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
January 14, 2013 at 14:22:16
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 1272 MB RAM
Hi - hopefully is probably something simple to fix, but I'm at a loss.

I use word for everything, so it's really irritating.

Earlier today, I opened a word file where the gray areas on each side of the white 'page' were missing. Now, each time I try to open a new word document, they are all like that. The old ones still look the same, but I can't figure out how to make it go back to the way it was.

Screencaps in case I'm not being clear:

The way word should look: http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/...

The way word looks: http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/...

I have both in the 'print' view, which is my preferred layout.

Also, in the new layout, I have to scroll side-to-side to see the whole page.

I took another look, and the rulers at the top of the page are different (http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/ladyphenyx/rulercompare.jpg) but I can't get the incorrect one (on the left) to go back to as it was (the one on the right).
How do I make it go back to looking like the first screencap? (And please, no answers like "Use Open Office!" I have it, I just prefer word.)

EDIT: Well, I feel silly - but I think I fixed it. It looks like 'zoom' got messed with somehow - don't ask me how, because I honestly don't know - but I played with it and things are back to normal. That was a frustrating couple of hours.

Thanks to anyone who read this, and go ahead, have a chuckle at my expense - I probably deserve it.

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January 14, 2013 at 15:36:45
"The way word should look"

Well, I would probably say that's the default, but you can make it look however you like.

Use Open Office - sorry just couldn't resist it LOL.

Glad you sorted it anyhow.

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January 14, 2013 at 16:36:17
"Use Open Office"

Or LibreOffice, both are free. Looks like you're using a 10 yr old version of Word.



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