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Changing Margins

Margins may not be something you think about every day, but you can improve the readability of a document by making adjustments to the margins. A wider margin creates more whitespace around the text and keeps down the number of words on a line. And remember, the shorter the line, the less likely the reader is to lose his or her place.

On the other hand, if you’re trying to keep down the number of pages, you might want to make the margins smaller so that you can fit more on a page. When you use headers and footers, for example, you might want to cut down the top and bottom margins to 1/2″. The default margins in Word are 1″ on the top and bottom, and 1.25″ on the left and right. These settings differ from WordPerfect, which has margins of 1″ on all four sides as the default.


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