# Word – Microsoft Word output is substantially different from print preview; probably compatibility issue Word 2013 vs. Word 2003 template

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I'm using Save As in Word 2013 or DoPDF to convert a Word document to PDF. When I see Word document print preview, everything is OK. But when I convert it to PDF or simply print it to paper, it comes out substantially different. Suppose that I have 20 lines in a page. Now I have 14 lines in the outputted page. I changed page margins to normal and the page size is A4. Everything is default. Everything in the page layout changes; position of shapes, number of lines etc. I think I have less space in the output than in Word. I have this problem in DoPDF, Save As PDF in Word 2013, and directly printed output. I checked it in two different Word 2013, but I have the same problem in both Words.

The problem appears to be document-specific. I don't have this problem other files. This is a .docx file that was a thesis template in Word 2003. I think this is a problem with compatibility mode.

I also tried creating a blank page in Word 2013 and copying all of the document contents into it to convert it to a Word 2013 document, but I had the same problem. However, if I paste with the option to keep text only, everything is correct; the PDF, Print and preview then match. I think this is a problem with template.

How do I get Word 2013 to accurately import the document?