How to Set Page Margins, Size, and Orientation in Word 2013 - dummies

How to Set Page Margins, Size, and Orientation in Word 2013

By Lois Lowe

Margins are the amounts of blank space that Word 2013 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 may want to leave more blank space on one particular side.

How to set page margins in Word 2013

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

  1. In a Word 2013 document, choose Page Layout→Margins→Narrow.

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


    The Mirrored margin option 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 bound.

  2. Click the Margins button again, and then choose Custom Margins.

    The Page Setup dialog box opens.

  3. In the Top, Bottom, Left, and Right boxes, type 1.3 and then click OK.


    The margins change.

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

  1. Save your work.

How to set page size and orientation in Word 2013

A template might not always use the right paper size or page orientation for the work you want to create. In some cases, either or both may require adjustment.

The standard paper size in the U.S. is 8.5 x 11 inches, also known as Letter. Most of the templates available through Word use this paper size, although some exceptions exist. For example, an Envelopes template might use a page size that matches a standard business envelope, or a legal brief template might use legal-size paper (8.5 x 14 inches).

A document’s orientation can be in either Portrait or Landscape mode. Portrait is a standard page in which the long side of the paper runs along the left and right. Landscape is a rotated page in which the long side of the paper runs along the top and bottom.

  1. In your current Word 2013 document, choose Page Layout→Orientation→Landscape.


    The page changes to Landscape mode.

  2. Click the Orientation button and choose Portrait to change the orientation back to Portrait mode.

  3. Click the Size button, and in the drop-down list that appears, choose A4 8.27” x 11.69”.

    You may need to scroll down to find this option. The options available on the menu may be different from the ones shown here, or in a different order.

    The paper size changes.


    A4 is a commonly used paper size in Europe. Look online for websites that explain the paper sizes common in various countries. Here’s one such site written by Markus Kuhn.

    Changing the paper size in Word doesn’t change the paper size in your printer, of course, so if you print on a different sized paper than you tell Word you’re using, the printing may not be centered on the paper.

    For more practice, click the Size button, choose More Paper Sizes, and set up a custom paper size by entering a width and height on the Paper tab of the Page Setup dialog box.

  4. Save your work.