Set up and format page margins

In this article you will learn how to set the size of the margins of a document individually.

Use templates for page margins

To do this, we click on the Layout tab. In the Page Setup group we click on the Margins button.

A menu opens in which you can select templates for setting up the margins. These range from narrow to medium to very wide margins. By clicking on an option, the respective setting for the margins is applied to the entire document.

Tipp: Sollte dein Dokument später Kopf-Fuß- oder Seitenzahlen besitzen, dann achte darauf, dass der Rand nicht zu schmal ist und diese noch genügend Platz finden.

Wenn du das Dokument drucken möchtest, solltest du einplanen, dass nicht jeder Drucker bis zum Seitenrand druckt, also denke auch hier daran, etwas Platz zu lassen. Und auch beim Abheften ausgedruckter Seiten, beispielsweise als Hausarbeit, ist darauf zu achten, dass der linke Rand etwas breiter ist, um eine Lesbarkeit zu gewährleisten.

Set up custom margins

If the provided templates for page margins are not sufficient for you or if the document is to comply with special specifications, we have the possibility to set up user-defined page margins. To do this, we click on the Margins button again in the Layout tab under the Page Setup group (as described above).

Here we select the item Custom Margins….

After clicking, a new window opens. Under the tab Margins we can now determine the exact size of the margins.

Here you can specify the distance to the top, bottom, right and left. You can also choose whether your document should be in portrait or landscape format.

Under the item Multiple pages you have the choice of how the pages in your document are positioned in relation to each other via a drop-down menu.

Standard is usually selected here.

Caution: If you change a formatting and the position of the pages in relation to each other, your options for setting the margins also change. For example, left becomes outside, right becomes inside or vice versa!

Once we have made all the settings, we finish by clicking on OK.

Now we have set custom page margins.