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 Layout tab, then click the Margins command.
    Clicking the Margins command
  2. A drop-down menu will appear. Click the predefined margin size you want.
    Changing 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 Layout tab, click Margins. Select Custom Margins from the drop-down menu.
    Selecting Custom Margins...
  2. The Page Setup dialog box will appear.
  3. Adjust the values for each margin, then click OK.
    The Page Setup dialog box
  4. The margins of the document will be changed.

Alternatively, you can open the Page Setup dialog box by navigating to the Layout tab and clicking the small arrow in the bottom-right corner of the Page Setup group.

Opening the Page Setup dialog box

You can use Word's convenient Set as Default feature to save all of the formatting changes you've made and automatically apply them to new documents. To learn how to do this, read our article on Changing Your Default Settings in Word.