Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Setting Up and Changing the Margins
Don’t confuse margins with indents. Text is indented from the margin, not
from the edge of the page. If you want to change how far text falls from the
page edge, indent it. To change margin settings in the middle of a document,
you have to create a new section.
To set up or change the margins, go to the Page Layout tab and click the
Margins button. You see a drop-down list with margin settings. Either choose
a setting or select Custom Margins to open the Margins tab of the Page Setup
dialog box and choose among these commands for handling margins:
✦ Changing the size of the margins: Enter measurements in the Top,
Bottom, Left, and Right boxes to tell Word how much blank space to put
along the sides of the page.
✦ Making room for the gutter: The gutter is the part of the paper that
the binding eats into when you bind a document. Enter a measurement
in the Gutter box to increase the left or inside margin and make room
for the binding. Notice on the pages of this book, for example, that the
margin closest to the binding is wider than the outside margin. Choose
Top on the Gutter Position menu if you intend to bind your document
from the top, not the left, or inside, of the page. Some legal documents
are bound this way.
✦ Using mirror margins (inside and outside margins) in two-sided
documents: In a bound document in which text is printed on both sides of
the pages, the terms left margin and right margin are meaningless. What
matters instead is in the inside margin , the margin in the middle of the
page spread next to the bindings, and the outside margin , the margin on
the outside of the page spread that isn’t affected by the bindings (refer
to Figure 2-4). Choose Mirror Margins on the Multiple Pages drop-down
list and adjust the margins accordingly if you intend to print on both
sides of the paper.