Set page margins

Page margins, the blank space around the edges of the page, can contribute to the impression your document makes, and even how easy it is to read. A few clicks set the margins for a page or an entire document.

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Choose a predefined margin setting

  1. Click Page Layout > Margins.

Margins on the Page Layout tab

The Margins gallery appears. The Normal margin, which is selected by default, displays one inch margins on each side of the page.

  1. To select another page margin, click any of the other options in the Margins gallery, each of which displays the margin measurements.

Margins gallery


 Notes 

  • If your document contains multiple sections, the new margin type will only be applied to the current section. If you have multiple sections selected, the new margin type will be applied to each section you have selected.
  • If you want the new margin to be the default every time you open Word, click Margins after you select a new margin, and then click Custom Margins. In the Page Setup box, on the Margin tab, click the Set As Default button.

Create custom margins

If none of the standard margins are what you want, set your own custom margins.

  1. Click Page Layout > Margins.
  2. At the bottom of the Margins gallery, click Custom Margins.
  3. In the Page Setup box, enter new values for the margins.


 Notes 

  • If you want the new margin to be the default every time you open Word, click Margins after you select a new margin, and then click Custom Margins. In the Page Setup box, on the Margin tab, click the Set As Default button.
  • To change the margins for part of a document, select the text, and then set the margins that you want by entering the new margins in the Page Setup box. In the Apply to box, click This point forward. Word automatically inserts section breaks before and after the text that has the new margin settings. If your document is already divided into sections, you can click in a section or select multiple sections and then change the margins.
  • Most printers require a minimum width for margin settings, because they can't print all the way to the edge of the page. If you try to set margins that are too narrow, Word displays the message One or more margins are set outside the printable area of the page. Choose the Fix button to increase the appropriate margins. The minimum margin settings depend on your printer, printer driver, and paper size. To learn about the minimum margin settings, check your printer manual

Set margins for facing pages

Use mirror margins to set up facing pages for double-sided documents, such as books or magazines. The margins of the left page are a mirror image of those on the right page. That is, the inside margins are the same width and the outside margins are the same width.

  1. Click Page Layout > Margins.
  2. Click Mirrored.

 Note    To change margin widths, click Custom Margins at the bottom of the Margins gallery. Enter new values in the Inside and Outside boxes.

Add a gutter margin for bound documents

A gutter margin adds extra space to the side margin, top margin, or inside margins of a document that you plan to bind. That helps ensure that text isn't obscured by the binding.

  1. Click Page Layout > Margins > Custom Margins.
  2. In the Gutter box, enter a width for the gutter margin.
  3. In the Gutter position box, click Left or Top.

 Note    The Gutter position box is not available when you use the Mirror margins, 2 pages per sheet, or Book fold option. For those options, the gutter position is determined automatically

Change the unit of margin measurement

Set the margin unit of measurement to whatever you find most useful: inches, centimeters, millimeters, points, or picas.

  1. Click File > Options > Advanced.
  2. Under Display, in the Show measurement in units of drop down box, select the unit you want.
 
 
Applies to:
Word 2013