Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Choosing your paper size
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meaningless. It’s called ‘lorem ipsum’ and is used because it’s less distracting than
copy you might be tempted to read, and it’s also clear that it’s intended as
dummy text and not the real thing. If you fi nd Word’s random text draws you
in, use =lorem() in place of =rand() .
Choosing your paper size
The fi rst thing you should do when you begin your layout is to start a new
document and pick the right paper size. By default, this will be A4 (or US letter format
in the US). Unless you’ve been doing something unusual or printing photographs,
this is almost certainly the paper that’s in your printer right now.
If you’re happy with this (and most people are, most of the time), you can skip
ahead to the next section.
If not, click the Page Layout tab on the ribbon, shown in Figure 3.1. In the Page
Setup section there is a button labelled Size. When you click this, the most
common paper and envelope sizes are shown. If you’re not using A4, you probably
want to use A5, which is the same size as a piece of A4 folded in half. Choose
your paper size, and your document will be resized accordingly.
Make sure you get the paper size right at the start. If you change the paper
size on a document you’ve already created, it will most likely wreck any
fancy page layout you’ve done.
In this part of the ribbon, you can also change the page’s orientation, so if you
want your document to be wider than it is tall, this is where you make the change.
Your two choices are Portrait (think of portraits, which are usually taller than they
are wide) and Landscape (think of a wide landscape stretching out around you).
 
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