Word 2016 - Header/Footer not showing on blank document

I don't know if I'm missing something but the latest version of Word 2016 on Mac does not display the blank header and footer by default.

If you look at the attached screenshot on a blank document with default 1" margins on all sides, it looks like the cursor is inside the header area - which it actually is not. This is the default position of the cursor in a new document body.

Is there a way to fix this? I find it very confusing as I don't know where my actual margins are.

 

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Last updated December 11, 2019 Views 93,122 Applies to:
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Here's how to fix this:

  1. In Word, click on Word, then on Preferences.
  2. Select View.
  3. In the Show Window Elements section, check White space between pages in Print Layout View. OK out.
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THANK YOU so much for this addition to the temporary solution others were offering above. I too am using Word 2016 on my mac. I have it on my windows partition and it never does that annoying header cut-out. I tried the above solutions and got the headers but every time I went back to close word and re-open the program, it would still cut the headers. I thought... this is too impractical (to have to manually fix this every time). 

So I double clicked on the top of the page to "show the headers/footers" and then went to the "Design" tab like you described and clicked on that little green check mark "Set as Default". Closed the program, then re-opened it (for others reading this, make sure you exit the program...don't just click the red x button at the top of your document) - and voila! New default. I'm curious as to why this never was an issue on the windows version? Anyway, thanks for your solution!!!

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