Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
even write that way on blank paper.) In Word, you can adjust the margins to suit any fussy
To change the margins, obey these steps:
1. Click the Page Layout tab on the Ribbon.
2. Click the Margins button.
It’s found in the Page Setup group and shown in the margin.
Clicking the Margins button displays a menu full of common margin options.
3. Pluck a proper margin from the list.
The new margins affect all pages in your document — unless you split your document into sections,
in which case the changes apply to only the current section. See Chapter 14 for information on
The choices available on the Margins menu list settings for the top, left, bottom, and right margins.
Yes, all four settings are changed at one time. When you want to set specific margins, choose the
Custom Margins item from the bottom of the menu. Use the Margins tab in the Page Setup dialog
box to set specific margins. Refer to the next section for more information.
The margins set by using the Margins button menu format a page. To set margins for one or
The orange stars appearing on the Margin menu’s icons represent popular or recent margin
choices you’ve made.
Keep in mind that most printers cannot print on the outside half inch of a piece of paper — top,
bottom, left, or right. This space is an absolute margin; although you can tell Word to set a
margin of 0 inches right and 0 inches left, text still doesn’t print there. Instead, choose a minimum
of 0.5 inches for the left and right margins.
Using the Page Setup dialog box
As with many features in Word, when you want more control over page formatting, you must flee
from the fuzzy beneficence of the Ribbon interface and use an old-fashioned dialog box. In this
case, it’s the Page Setup dialog box, as shown in Figure 13-1 .
To summon the Page Setup dialog box, click the Dialog Box Launcher in the lower-right corner of
the Page Setup group on the Page Layout tab. Or you can use the keyboard shortcut: Alt+P, S, P.
The Page Setup dialog box sports three tabs: Margins for setting margins, Paper for selecting the
page size, and Layout for dealing with other page formatting issues.