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Hour 8. Formatting Pages > Applying Page Formatting

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 1/4-inch left and right margins, and you are printing on 8 1/2x11-inch paper. To change these and other default page-formatting options, use the techniques described in this hour. You need to know two things up front to understand how page formatting works:

  • Page formatting is automatically applied to every page in your document. Therefore, it doesn't matter where your insertion point is when you apply the formatting, or whether any text is selected.

  • 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. You'll learn how to do this in “Varying the Page Formatting in Your Document” at the end of this hour.


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