Word 2013 provides several easy-to-use margin presets. You can also individually specify the margins for each side of the page if you prefer.

The margins are the amounts of blank space that Word reserves on each side of the paper. In most cases, you want them to be roughly the same on all sides, or at least the same at both the right/left, so the document looks symmetrical. In special cases, though, such as when you’re going to bind the document on the left or at the top, you want to leave more blank space on one particular side.

Here are instructions for changing the page margins in two ways: using a preset and using an exact value.

  1. In Word, with the document open from the previous exercise, click the Page Layout tab on the Ribbon.

  2. Click the Margins button.

    A Margins drop-down list opens, as shown.


    The Mirrored margin choice enables you to specify different margins for right and left depending on whether the page number is odd or even. This option allows you to print pages for a two-sided booklet with the extra space on whichever side of the page will be in the binding.

  3. Click the Narrow option.

    Presets for narrow margins are applied to the top, bottom, right, and left margins for the document.

  4. Click the Margins button again and then click Custom Margins.

    The Page Setup dialog box opens.

  5. In the Top, Bottom, Right, and Left boxes, type 1.3, as in this figure.

  6. Click OK.

    The margins change. You can tell the margins change because the sample text is positioned differently on the pages.

  7. Save your work.