Words spontaneously move to the left when I print

There are times when I'll send a document to print.  All the letters will immediately jump to the left margin, piling on top of one another.  If I have multiple Word documents open, it happens to all the open documents.  The only way to recover from this is to close the program and re-open it.  When I do so (assuming I haven't saved something in that condition), the documents are fine and I can print them without a problem.

I asked our IT guy and he has no idea why it's occurring.  Figured I'd check with y'all to see if it was a program issue.  If not, it's his (and my) problem.

MVP Graham Mayor has posted the following reply in the old Word docmanagement newsgroup:
According to contributor Bob Buckland: "It's a bug that somehow seems to have Word misreading temporary files related to the printer currently in use.  You can usually 'unscramble' the display from File=>Print and switch to the printer properties or to another printer then your normal one, or close Word and delete all files found on Start=>Search and looking for ~$*.*;*.tmp as the name string then restarting Word." See alsohttp://www.gmayor.com/what_to_do_when_word_crashes.htm
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Last updated March 30, 2021 Views 2,393 Applies to: