How to Change Margins in Word 2010

If you are not familiar with Office 2007 and the Office Ribbon, chances are that you will probably feel lost in Word 2010. One of the things you will probably miss the most is the Page Setup in the File menu. Don’t worry, there’s an even better option in Word 2007 and 2010. In Word 2007/10, the Office Ribbon has a Margins button in the Page Layout tab that will list commonly used margin presets for Top, Left, Right, and Bottom. Simply click on the preset and your document will adjust to the selected preset. If you wish to use a margin that is not listed you can always visit the Page Setup window, here’s how.

Note: I used Word 2010 for this tutorial, but these instructions will apply to Word 2007 as well.

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1. With Word 2010 open, click on the Page Layout tab located in the Office Ribbon.

2. Click on the Margins button in the Page Setup group. You will have two options:

A. You can choose from a group of presets for margin sizes or;

B. Set Custom Margins…

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When you click on Custom Margins the all familiar Page Setup window will appear. Here you will be able to customize all of the following.

The Margins tab will allow you to set the following elements:

  • Margins
  • Orientation
  • Pages

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The Paper tab will allow you customize the following:

  • Paper size
  • Paper source

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The Layout tab will provide you with the options necessary to modify the document’s layout. Here you will be able to set the following formatting:

  • Section
  • Header and footers
  • Page
  • Preview

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  • Advanpropcons

    I was trying to find out how to change the margins on one page only. I don’t know what MS 2010 means by “this section only.” This page sucks.

    • It refers to sections in a Word document. Most of the time you only have one section, which means that changes will apply to the entire document, unless you created a separate section there is only one “section” in the document. Let me know if that makes sense.

  • Wendy

    thanks so much!!