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Part 2. Using Word > Task 28 How to Change Paper Size

Task 28 How to Change Paper Size

By default, Word assumes that your document is a standard 8 1/2" by 11" page. If you have to create a document that uses a different paper size, open the Page Setup dialog box and change the settings. From the Paper Size tab, you can change the paper size and orientation or specify the measurements for a custom paper size.

  1. Open Page Setup

    If you want to change the size of the paper on which Word is formatting your document, choose File, Page Setup. This command opens the Page Setup dialog box.



  2. Select the Paper Tab

    Click the Paper tab to view the options associated with paper sizes and orientation.



  3. Change the Paper Size

    Use the Paper Size drop-down list to select another paper size. As you scroll through the list, notice that Word is ready to handle legal-size paper and a variety of envelope sizes. To create a custom size, select Custom from the list and enter the parameters of the special paper you want to use.



  4. Change the Paper Source

    Depending on your printer, you might have to change the paper source option before printing. To do so, select the appropriate trays from the First Page and Other Page lists in the Paper Source area of the tab.



  5. Change the Page Orientation

    With some documents, you might have to change the way the text is printed on the page. Click the Margins tab to find Orientation settings. By default, Word prints the document "shortways" across the 8 1/2" page. This orientation is called Portrait. You can switch to Landscape orientation to print across the length of the page (longways across the 11" page).



  6. Close the Dialog Box

    After you have set your paper size and source options, click OK to close the Page Setup dialog box and start creating the document. When you're ready to print, click the Print button on the Standard toolbar.




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