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Part 2. Using Word > Task 10 How to Set Margins

Task 10 How to Set Margins

The default margins in Word are 1 inch on the top and bottom of the page and 1.25 inches on the left and right sides of the page. These margins are fine for most documents, but like all features in Word, they can be changed. Wider margins can give the page a more spacious appearance, for example. You might find that you have just a line or two more than will fit on a page, but if you adjust the margins slightly, everything fits.

  1. Open the Page Setup Dialog Box

    Open the File menu and select Page Setup. The Page Setup dialog box opens.

  2. View the Margins Tab

    If it isn't already displayed, click the Margins tab to bring that tab forward.

  3. Change the Margins

    Type new margin settings in the Top, Bottom, Left, and Right text boxes; the settings are measured in inches. You can also use the spin arrows to set new measurements: click the up arrow to increase the measurement and click the down arrow to decrease the measurement.

  4. Apply the New Settings

    The Preview area shows what the new margin settings look like. Click OK to apply the new margins to your document.

  5. View the New Margin Settings

    On the Standard toolbar, click the Print Preview button to switch the document to Print Preview mode. In Print Preview, you see a whole-page view of your document, where it's easier to check the margin settings for a good visual appearance.

  6. Change Margins Manually

    Instead of setting inch measurements, you can manually change margins in either Print Preview or Print Layout view. The margins are displayed as gray bars at each end of the horizontal and vertical rulers. You can drag a margin to reset it. Click the Close button in the Print Preview toolbar to exit Print Preview mode.



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