Page Layout

In Word page layout can affect how content looks in documents. When using Word paper size and page margins can be easily changed.

Page margins

A margin is the space between the text and the edge of your document. By default, a new document's margins are set to Normal, which means it has a one-inch space between the text and each edge. Depending on your needs, Word allows you to change your document's margin size.

To format page margins:

Word has a variety of predefined margin sizes to choose from.

  1. Select the Page Layout tab, then click the Margins command.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the Margins command
  2. A drop-down menu will appear. Click the predefined margin size you want.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Changing the page margins
  3. The margins of the document will be changed.

To use custom margins:

Word also allows you to customize the size of your margins in the Page Setup dialog box.

  1. From the Page Layout tab, click Margins. Select Custom Margins... from the drop-down menu.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting Custom Margins...
  2. The Page Setup dialog box will appear.
  3. Adjust the values for each margin, then click OK.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The Page Setup dialog box
  4. The margins of the document will be changed.