Learn to Set Margins in Microsoft Word
Learning to set margins in Microsoft Word takes only a few minutes. In Word, you can set predefined margins or custom margins for your documents. I use Word to write ebooks, print books, and personal and business correspondence. Different tasks require different margins.
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By default, Word sets one inch margins around the page – top, bottom, left, right. Sometimes, you can stick with that, but when you need to further customize, here’s what to do:
1. For predefined margins:
a. Click Layout, Margins
b. Choose any options in the Margins Gallery (Normal is the default option):
2. Create Custom Margins:
a. Click the Custom Margins option at the bottom of the Gallery.
b. Then, type in the custom dimensions you prefer.
NOTE: Set custom dimension as the default setting by clicking the Set As Default button at the bottom. Then, every time you open Word, your custom dimensions will be already active.
3. Set Mirrored Margins (for double sided documents like books – margins on left page will mirror margins on right):
a. Click Custom Margins and then where it says Pages, Multiple Pages, Choose Mirror Margins in the drop-down box.
4. To Set Gutter Margins (extra space to the top, side, or inside margins of a document that will be bound so that text will not be cut off):
a. In the Custom Margins Page Setup window, enter a width for the gutter margin and then choose Left or Right for the Gutter position.
NOTE: Gutter Margins are set automatically for Mirror margins, 2 pages per sheet, or Book fold settings.
EXTRA NOTE: If you have sections in your document, margins will be set per section.
Be sure and let me know if you run into difficulty or have any questions!
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