How to Change Margins in Word

A margin is the empty space between a document’s contents and the edges of the page. Word’s default margins are 1 inch on each side of the page, but you can change the margins to accommodate the needs of your document.

Choose a Margin Size

Word includes several built-in margin settings that you can choose from.

  1. Click the Layout tab.
  2. Click Margins button.
  3. Select a new margin setting.
    Choose a Margin Size

Word adjusts the size of the margins and automatically redistributes your content to fit.

Set Custom Margins

If the common margin settings don't meet your needs, you can create custom ones.

  1. Click Margins button on the Layout tab.
  2. Select Custom Margins.
    Set Custom Margins
  3. Adjust your margin settings in the dialog box.
  4. Click OK.
    Set Custom Margins

Another way to adjust margins is to click and drag the Left Margin, Right Margin, Top Margin, or Bottom Margin line on the Ruler.

If you intend to bind a document and require extra space for the bindings, use the Gutter setting on the Margins tab in the Page Setup dialog box.

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