Microsoft Word Tutorial: Adjusting Ms Word Page Orientation and Margins

Microsoft Word is a rich feature application when it comes to documents presentation, book publishing and so on. But it requires some creative ability and deep understanding of its features to get it up and running. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to set your Ms Word Page Orientation and Margins to fit into every document you choose to prepare with Ms Word.

Ms Word Page Orientations are of two types, i.e. portrait and landscape. Below is a diagram displaying the two type of page orientation you have in Ms word page or c

The default Ms Word page orientation is the portrait, and the portrait orientation is suitable for documents like letters, waybills, invoices, quotations and the likes. But often times, you encounter a publication where the portrait orientation does not match your choice or allow for enough information; you will want to switch the page orientation to Landscape to provide for a wider horizontal space.

Changing Ms Word Page Orientation

To change your Ms Word page orientation, click Page Layout on the Menu Bar, click on Orientation, and select either the portrait or landscape from the flyout.

Adjusting Ms Word Page Margins

Page margins are the reserved spaces around the text and objects printed on your Ms Word page. While you have your text and other objects inserted into the main document, you can, however, have some text and images printed into the printable area of the margins. Printable area of the margins implies that some areas in the margin can be used while some areas referred to as minimum margins cannot be printed on. You can print items like page numbers, borders, headers and footers into the printable area of the page margins.

ms word page margin

In Microsoft Word, you can either use any of the predefined margins or you define your own page margins.

To adjust your Ms Word Page margins using the predefined margins, click Page Layout menu > Margins. The image below containing all the predefined margins will be displayed, click on any of the images to apply the specified measurement to your document margins.

Note that this will affect all pages in your document.

Setting Custom Margin for Ms Word Page

But in the case that you want to customize your Ms Word page Size, Orientation and Margins, such that you specify the page size, the margins and where you want the changes to affect, you need to do this manually by using the page setup dialog box.

To reveal Ms Word page setup Dialog Box,  Click on Page Layout, then click the little triangle in front of Page Setup, the Ms Word Page Setup Dialog Box is displayed with three tabs; Margins, Paper and Layout.

ms word page setupOn the Margins Tab, you can set your page margins by entering the corresponding values into the Top, Bottom, Left and Right Boxes. Also on this tab is the page orientation and the number of pages per sheet.

On the Paper sizes Tab, you can set the page size and sources.

On the Layout Tab, you can set the section, header and footer.

Beneath all the tabs is the Apply to Box, this feature enables you to apply different page settings to different sections of your Ms Word document.

read also: changing Ms Word View