How to change fields in a word

Contents
  1. Sometimes you just have to move things
  2. Quickly change margins in Word
  3. Use the ruler to adjust margins in Word
  4. Create custom fields
  5. Create Gutter Margins
  6. Create mirror fields
  7. Set margins for a portion of your document
  8. View page margins

Sometimes you just have to move things

Not all documents fit within Word’s standard one-inch indent between text and the edge of the page. If you want to change the margins in your Word documents, you have several options, from predefined margins that make it easy to apply a different size, to custom margins that you can adjust according to your needs.

Not all versions of Word are created equal; These destinations work with PC versions of Word and Word for Mac, while Word Online has limited functionality.

Quickly change margins in Word

If you want the margins in your document to be smaller or larger, use Word’s predefined narrow, medium, or wide margins. If you plan to print your document on both sides of a sheet of paper and bind it three-sided, use the predefined “Mirror Margin” setting.

Mirror margins cannot be set in Word Online. However, if you view a document with mirrored margins in Word Online, the mirrored margins are preserved.

To apply a predefined field, select Layout fields and select the predefined field you want to use.

In Word Online, Word 2010, and Word 2007, the Layout tab is labeled Page Layout. The steps for changing fields remain the same.

Use the ruler to adjust margins in Word

The horizontal ruler that appears below the Word menu provides another way to quickly change margins in a document.

Before you begin, make sure the ruler is showing. If the ruler does not appear above the document, select Vision and check the box next to Ruler to display the ruler. You must also be in print mode. Select Vision print layout to display the document in print mode.

The ruler is not available in Word Online.

Here’s how to change margins using the ruler:

  • Change left margin † Hover over the left indent until it changes to a double-headed arrow. Drag the box to the right to make it wider, or to the left to make it narrower.
  • Change right margin † Hover over the right indent until it changes to a double-headed arrow. Drag the box to the left to make it wider, or to the right to make it narrower.

Create custom fields

If you need a specific margin for a document, use the custom settings.

To set a custom field size:

  1. Select Layout fields Custom fields

  2. Resize fields Top Lower Left And Right

  3. Select Set as Default if you want the new margin settings to be the default for the template you are using. This margin setting is used in every new document you create from this template. This feature is not available in Word Online.

  4. Click Okay when you’re done.

Create Gutter Margins

An additional binding margin is required for documents to be bound. This gutter edge ensures that the binding does not disturb the white space around the text.

To add a gutter field, select Layout fields Custom fields and enter the width in the field ditch

You cannot create gutters in Word Online. Switch to the desktop version of Word to set gutters.

Create mirror fields

Documents printed on both sides of the page and binding, such as books and magazines, use a special margin setting. These mirror margins ensure that the right and left pages are mirror images of each other.

To create mirror fields, select Layout fields and choose Mirrored † To change the size of the mirror margins, select Layout fields Custom fields and change the size of the inner or outer margins. †

Set margins for a portion of your document

When your document is divided into sections, you can apply different margins to different sections. This feature is not available in Word Online.

To change the margins for one section:

  1. Select the part in the document where you want a different margin size.

  2. Select Layout fields Custom fields

  3. Enter new values ​​for fields Top bottom Right And Left

  4. In the Apply to list, select: This section

  5. Click Okay when you’re done.

View page margins

Word can display border lines that indicate where the margins are in your document. These boundary lines are shown as dotted lines. Margins cannot be viewed in Word Online.

To view page margins:

  1. Select File parameters: † In Word 2007, click the Microsoft Office Button and select word options

  2. Select Additionally

  3. Scroll down to the View document content section and select Show text borders

  4. Select Okay

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