Change the Default Margins Used in New Word Documents

If you use the same margins in most of your Word documents, you can set default margins once to be used for every new Word document you create. This post shows you how to set your default margins for Word 2003, Word 2007, and Word 2010.

Word 2003

To set default margins in Word 2003, select Page Setup from the File menu.

Selecting Page Setup in Word 2003

The Page Setup dialog box displays. Make sure the Margins tab is active. Enter the margins you want to use as the default margins in the Top, Bottom, Left, and Right edit boxes in the Margins section. Click the Default button.

Clicking the Default button on the Margins tab in Word 2003

A confirmation dialog box displays making sure you want to change the default settings for Page Setup. Click Yes to accept your changes.

NOTE: When you click Yes on confirmation dialog box, the Page Setup dialog box is also closed.

Page Setup change confirmaton dialog box in Word 2003

If you need to temporarily change the margins to values other than the default values for a specific document, open the Page Setup dialog box as described earlier and enter the desired values in the Margins section. Click OK to accept the different values, rather than the Default button.

Word 2007 and Word 2010

The procedure for setting the default margins in Word 2007 and Word 2010 are the same, except for one button name we will point out. We used Word 2007 for our example. To set the default margins, click the Page Layout tab.

Clicking the Page Layout tab in Word 2007

Click the Margins button and select Custom Margins from the drop-down menu.

Selecting Custom Margins in Word 2007

The Page Setup dialog box displays. Make sure the Margins tab is active. Enter the margins you want to use as the default margins in the Top, Bottom, Left, and Right edit boxes in the Margins section. Click the Default button.

NOTE: In Word 2010, the Default button is called Set As Default.

Clicking the Default button on the Margins tab in Word 2007

A confirmation dialog box displays making sure you want to change the default settings for Page Setup. Click Yes to accept your changes.

NOTE: When you click Yes on confirmation dialog box, the Page Setup dialog box is also closed.

Page Setup change confirmaton dialog box in Word 2007

If you need to temporarily change the margins to values other than the default values for a specific document in Word 2007 or Word 2010, click the Page Layout tab and either select a set of pre-defined margin values from the drop-down menu.

Selecting temporary margins in Word 2007

You can also select Custom Margins from the drop-down menu on the Margins button and enter the desired custom values in the Margins section on the Page Setup dialog box. Click OK to accept the different values, rather than the Default (or Set As Default) button.

by Lori Kaufman

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