Set margins for pages or text boxes in Publisher

Set page margins for pages or text boxes as part of your page design in Publisher.

Set page margins

For detailed steps, see Set page margins for printing using Publisher.

Set margins inside a text box

  1. Right-click a text box, and then click Format Text Box.

  2. In the Format Text Box dialog box, click the Text Box tab.

  3. Under Text Box Margins, type or select the margins you want for Left, Right, Top, and Bottom.

  4. Click OK.

Note: Publisher's default text box margins are 0.04 inches on all sides. If you are creating a multi-column newsletter, you may want to change the margins to 0 inches to make it easier to align text and objects.

Use the margin settings from an existing text box as the default settings for new text boxes

  1. Right-click the text box that has the margins you want to use as defaults.

  2. On the shortcut menu, click Format Text Box, and then click the Colors and Lines tab.

  3. Select the Apply settings to new text boxes check box.

  4. Click OK.

    The next new text box that you create will use the settings from this text box.

Manually create a new text box with the margins you want

  1. On the Home tab, click Draw Text Box .

  2. Click where you want the text box to appear.

  3. Right-click the text box.

  4. On the shortcut menu, click Format Text Box, and then click the Text Box tab.

  5. Under Text Box Margins, type or select the margins you want for Left, Right, Top, and Bottom.

  6. Click the Colors and Lines tab.

  7. Select the Apply settings to new text boxes check box.

  8. Click OK.

Set page margins

  1. On the Arrange menu, click Layout Guides, and then click the Margin Guides tab.

  2. Under Margin Guides, type the margin values that you want.

Set page margins to match the minimum margins supported by your desktop printer

Desktop printers normally have a region around the edge of the paper that is between 0.17 and 0.5 inches wide where nothing within that region will print. If you want to set the page margins for your publication to match the minimum margin that is supported by your printer, you must first determine the size of your printer's printable region.

  1. In your publication, select File >Print Setup.

  2. In the Print Setup dialog box, select the Printer Details tab. Measurements are In the Printable region section,

Set margins inside a text box

  1. Right-click a text box, and then click Format Text Box.

  2. In the Format Text Box dialog box, click the Text Box tab.

  3. Under Text Box Margins, type or select the margins you want for Left, Right, Top, and Bottom.

  4. Click OK.

Note: Publisher's default text box margins are 0.04 inches on all sides. If you are creating a multi-column newsletter, you may want to change the margins to 0 inches to make it easier to align text and objects.

Set default margins for new text boxes in the current publication

If there is an existing text box in your publication that already has the margins you want to use as defaults, you can use it as the example for new text boxes that you will create. Otherwise, you need to first create a text box and set the default margins you want.

Use the margin settings from an existing text box as the default settings for new text boxes

  1. Right-click the text box that has the margins you want to use as defaults.

  2. On the shortcut menu, click Format Text Box, and then click the Colors and Lines tab.

  3. Select the Apply settings to new text boxes check box.

  4. Click OK.

    The next new text box that you create will use the settings from this text box.

Manually create a new text box with the margins you want

  1. On the Objects toolbar, click Text Box Button image .

  2. Click where you want the text box to appear.

  3. Right-click the text box.

  4. On the shortcut menu, click Format Text Box, and then click the Text Box tab.

  5. Under Text Box Margins, type or select the margins you want for Left, Right, Top, and Bottom.

  6. Click the Colors and Lines tab.

  7. Select the Apply settings to new text boxes check box.

  8. Click OK.

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