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Chapter 3. Basic Formatting > Changing Margins by Using Guidelines

Changing Margins by Using Guidelines

Believe it or not, you can make your document easier to read by adjusting the margins. A wider margin creates more white space around the text and limits the number of words on a line. The shorter the line, the less likely the reader is to lose his/her place.

On the other hand, if you’re trying to keep the number of pages down, you might want to make the margins smaller so you can fit more on a page. For example, if you plan to use headers and footers, you might want to cut the top and bottom margins down to 1/2 inch. By default, the margins are set to 1 inch on all sides (see Table 1.1).


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