Change page margins

Do any of the following:

Change the page margins for a whole document

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. On the Layout tab, under Margins, click Margins.

    Layout tab, Margins group

  3. In the Margins pop-up menu, select the margins that you want, or click Custom Margins to specify your own margin settings.

    Tips: 

    • To change the margins by using the horizontal ruler  or vertical ruler, point to a margin boundary, and then when the pointer changes to Margin cursor horizontal ruler or Margin cursor (vertical) , drag the margin boundary.

    • To specify exact margin measurements, hold down OPTION as you drag the margin boundary. The ruler displays the measurements of the margins.

Change the page margins for part of a document

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. Select the text or part of the document for which you want to change the margins.

  3. On the Layout tab, under Margins, click Margins, and then click Custom Margins.

    Layout tab, Margins group

  4. Set the margins that you want.

  5. On the Apply to pop-up menu, click Selected text.

    Word automatically inserts section break before and after the text with the new margin settings.

    Tip: If your document will print on both sides of each page, select the mirror margins check box to adjust the margins for both left and right pages at the same time.

Indent a paragraph to change its margins

You can change the margins for individual paragraphs by changing the left and right indents.

  1. Select the paragraph that you want to indent.

  2. On the Format menu, click Paragraph.

  3. On the Indents and Spacing tab, under Indentation, enter the amount of space that you want to indent the paragraph in the Left and Right boxes.

Set default margins for all new documents

When you create a new document, Word applies the default margin settings that are stored in a template (normal.dotm). If you frequently use margin settings that differ from the default settings, you can set new defaults that Word will use when you create a new document.

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. On the Layout tab, under Margins, click Margins, and then click Custom Margins.

    Layout tab, Margins group

  3. In the Top, Bottom, Left, and Right boxes, set the margins that you want, and then click Default.

  4. When you are prompted, click Yes to change the default settings for document layout.

Widen a margin to accommodate binding

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. On the Layout tab, under Margins, click Margins, and then click Custom Margins.

    Layout tab, Margins group

  3. In the Gutter box, enter a value for the gutter margin.

    Additional space is added to the margin on the binding side of each page.

    Tips: 

    • To set gutter margins for part of a document, select the text, and then change the gutter margins as above. On the Apply to pop-up menu, click Selected text. Word automatically inserts section break before and after the text with the new margin settings.

    • If your document will print on both sides of each page, select the mirror margins check box to adjust the margins for both left and right pages at the same time.

See also

Insert, delete, or change a section break

Change the unit of measure

Indent a paragraph

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