Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Setting Up and Changing the Margins
Figure 2-3 shows, in Draft view, the difference between a soft page break and
a hard page break. Word inserts a soft page break when the page is full and
another page is needed; only you can create a hard page break. In Draft view,
soft page breaks are marked with a dotted line; hard page breaks are marked
with the words Page Break and a line. You can’t tell where hard page
breaks are in Print Layout view.
Book II
Chapter 2
Figure 2-3:
In Draft
view, a
soft page
break (top)
and hard
page break
To delete a hard page break, switch to Draft view, double-click the words
Page Break, and press the Delete key.
Setting Up and Changing the Margins
Margins are the empty spaces along the left, right, top, and bottom of a page,
as shown in Figure 2-4. Headers and footers fall, respectively, in the top and
bottom margins. And you can put graphics, text boxes, and page numbers
in the margins as well. Margins serve to frame the text and make it easier to
When you start a new document, give a moment’s thought to the margins.
Changing the size of margins after you have entered the text, clip art,
graphics, and whatnot can be disastrous. Text is indented from the left and right
margins. Pages break on the bottom margin. If you change margin settings,
indents and page breaks change for good or ill throughout your document.
By setting the margins carefully from the beginning, you can rest assured
that text will land on the page where you want it to land.
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