Change paper size

Do any of the following:

Change the paper size for all pages

  1. On the Format menu, click Document.

  2. Click Page Setup.

  3. On the Paper Size pop-up menu, select a paper size.

  4. Click OK.

  5. On the Apply to pop-up menu, click Whole document, and then click OK.

Change the paper size for a specific page

  1. Select the text on the pages that you want to change.

  2. On the Format menu, click Document.

  3. Click Page Setup.

  4. On the Paper Size pop-up menu, select a paper size.

  5. Click OK.

  6. On the Apply to pop-up menu, click Selected text, and then click OK.

    Word inserts section break as needed before and after the text that you selected and changes the paper size for that section.

Change the paper size for a section

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. To display nonprinting characters, such as paragraph markers (¶), click Show all nonprinting characters  Show all non-printing characters on the Standard toolbar.

  3. Select the section break for the sections that you want to change.

  4. On the Format menu, point to Document, and then click Page Setup.

  5. On the Paper Size pop-up menu, select a paper size.

  6. Click OK.

  7. On the Apply to pop-up menu, click Selected sections.

Change the default paper size for new documents

When you create a new document, Word applies the default paper size and margins that are stored in a template (normal.dotm). If you frequently use a paper size that differs from the default size (for example, US Legal), you can set new defaults that Word uses when you create a new document. If your current document is set up with the margins that you want, you can use this document to set your new default margins.

  1. On the Format menu, click Document.

  2. Click Default, and then click Yes.

    Note: If you change the preferred paper size or margins for the template that Word bases new documents on (normal.dotm), all future documents that use the normal.dotm template use the new settings. If you change the preferred paper size or margins for a document that is based on another template, only new documents that are based on that template use the new settings.

See also

Print a document in landscape or portrait orientation

Insert, delete, or change a section break

Use headers and footers

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