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How to Set Up 1 Inch Margin in Microsoft Word

1 Inch Margin
Written by Kelly Houstan

Well, in schools and offices, the documents (assignments and reports) to be submitted are expected to follow a particular format. The specificity can also be in terms of the font and font size, line and paragraph spacing, indentation, as well. Another common requirement along with Word documents is actually the margin size on all sides of the page. To those unaware, margins are basically the empty white space you see before the first word. And then after the last word of a completed line (the space between the edge of the paper and also the text). The amount of margin size maintained basically indicates to the reader if the author is actually a professional or an amateur. Just read this article to know all about How to Set Up 1 Inch Margin in Microsoft Word. Let’s begin!

Documents along with small margins run the risk of printers trimming the initial and final words of each and every line. However, larger margins imply fewer words can be accommodated in just the same line causing the overall number of pages in a document to increase. To prevent any mishaps while printing and give a good reading experience, documents along with 1-inch margins are considered optimal. The default margin size in Microsoft Word is actually set as 1 inch. Although users do also have the option in order to manually adjust the margins of each and every side.

How to Set Up 1 Inch Margin in Microsoft Word

You have to follow the below guide in order to change the margin size in your Word document:

  • Just Double-click on your word document in order to open it and consequently open Word.
  • Then switch to the Page Layout tab via clicking on the same.
  • Now you have to expand the Margins selection menu in the Page Setup group.
  • Microsoft Word has also a number of predefined margins for many types of documents. Because a document with a 1-inch margin on all sides is just the preferred format across many places. It is also included as a preset as well. Simply tap on Normal to set 1-inch margins. The text will then automatically readjust itself according to the new margins as well.
  • If you want to only have 1-inch margins on some sides of the document. Then tap on Custom Margins… at the end of the selection menu. A Page Setup dialogue box will now come forth.
  • So, on the Margins tab, individually set the top, bottom, left, and ten right side margins according to your preference or requirement.


If you are going to print the document out and also bind all the pages together either via a stapler or binder rings. Then you should also consider adding a gutter on just one side. A gutter is basically an extra empty space in addition to the page margins in order to make sure the text does not tuck away from the reader after bidding.

  • Tap on the up arrow button to add a little gutter space and choose the gutter position from the adjacent drop-down. If you set the gutter position to the top, you will have to change the document orientation to landscape.
  • Also, using the Apply to option, just choose if you would like all pages (entire document). In order to have the same margin and gutter space or only the selected text.
  • Now preview the document after setting the gutter margins and when you are happy with it. Then tap on Ok in order to apply the margin and gutter settings.

If your workplace or school needs you to print/submit documents along with custom margins and gutter size. Then consider setting them as the default for almost every new document you create. This way you guys won’t have to worry about changing the margin size before printing or mailing the document. Just open the Page Setup dialogue box, enter the margin and gutter size, then choose a gutter position, and tap on the Set as Default button at the bottom-left corner. In the following pop-up, you have to tap on Yes to confirm and change the default page setup settings.

1 Inch Margin

Another way to instantly adjust the margin size is by using horizontal and vertical rulers as well. If you guys are not able to see these rulers, then head to the View tab and then check/tick the box next to Ruler. The shaded portion on the ends of the ruler basically indicates the margin size. You need to drag the pointer inwards or outwards to adjust the left and right side margins. Just like that, drag the shaded portion pointers on the vertical ruler in order to adjust the top and bottom margins.

With the ruler, one can eyeball the margins but if you guys need them to be accurate, just use the Page Setup dialog box actually.


Well, That is all from my side. If you want to know more about this article or have any queries. Then feel free to ask me anything in the comments section below.

Have a Good Day!

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