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Applying Page Formatting

Once again, Word decides what's best for you (in a well-intentioned sort of way). It makes two main assumptions about page formatting: You want 1-inch top and bottom margins, and 1 ¼-inch left and right margins, and you are printing on 8 ½×11-inch paper. To change these and other default page-formatting options, use the techniques described next. You need to know three things up front to understand how page formatting works:

  • Page formatting is automatically applied to every page in your document.

  • You shouldn't select any text before you apply page formatting. If you do, Word assumes that you want to apply the formatting to only the selected text, and it inserts section breaks above and below the text to make this possible (see the next point).

  • If you want to apply different page formatting to different portions of a document—for example, set different margins on one page of a multipage document—you need to insert section breaks to divide your document into two or more sections.


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