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Chapter 7. Working with Pages > Defining Paper Size, Source, and Orientation

Defining Paper Size, Source, and Orientation

When you are ready to print a document, you have to stop and ask yourself, “What type of paper do I want to print this on?” In my office, I do most of my printing on plain white 8.5-by-11-inch paper. Your situation may be different; you may use several different types of paper depending on the project you’re working on. You may print on letterhead, second sheets, legal size paper, and envelopes. The key is telling Word exactly how you want the document printed, what size paper you’re using, and where that paper is coming from.

Changing to a Different Paper Size

By default, the paper size in the U.S. version of Word is 8.5 inches by 11 inches (other countries have different standards for paper size, such as A4). If you create only standard business documents, you might not ever need to switch to a different paper size. However, when you need to create an envelope or print on legal size paper, you need to know how to switch to a different paper size.


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