Video: Custom margin

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This video shows you how to set a custom margin in Word. It also shows you how to change the unit of measurement for your margins.

Create custom margins

  1. Click PAGE LAYOUT > Margins.

  2. At the bottom, click Custom Margins.

  3. In the Page Setup box, enter new values for the margins.

Change the unit of margin measurement

  1. Click FILE > Options

  2. Click Advanced.

  3. Under Display, in the Show measurement in units of drop down box, select the unit you want.

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In this video, I want to show you how to set a custom margin.

I’m going to change the right margin of a document, so that there is space for people to take notes on the right side of the page.

So, how do I set this custom margin? Well, I am going to show you how.

Here we are. We are in the marketing report here for Litware Inc. And, we are going to set a custom margin.

We are going to do that by going to the PAGE LAYOUT tab and then we are going to click Margins, and then Custom Margins....

This Page Setup dialog box is great because it allows me to have finer control over the width of the margins.

So, I am going to go over that Right margin and I want two-and-a-half-inch margin on the right there.

So, I am going to type 2.5, and I’ll go down here, and click OK.

And there we go.

We have got a 2.5-inch margin on the right hand side here, so that people can take some notes.

Now, if you want your custom margin to be specified in something other than inches, you can do that.

You can specify points, you can specify millimeters.

There's...all sorts of things you can do.

And the way you do that is, you set up Word to recognize that unit of measurement.

We are going to do that by going over here to the FILE menu, and then we're going to go down, and click Options.

We’ll click Advanced on the left.

And then we are going to scroll down until we get the Display section up here.

Here we are in Display.

And, we are going to Show measurements in units of: and then we can choose either Centimeters,Millimeters, Points or Picas.

I am going to choose Points.

And then, I’m going to go down here and click OK.

So, you’ll notice my rulers now have point increments. It is great.

And if I go back up to PAGE LAYOUT, click Margins, and then Custom Margins…, you’ll see I have Points now specified for my margins instead of Inches.

So, that is how to set custom margins in Word.

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