Change the paper size

Microsoft Word creates a new document with the locale-specific paper size, which is 8.5 by 11 inches for the U.S. To change the paper size for the document, do the following:

  1. On the Layout tab, in the Page Setup group, click the Size button: Size button in Page Setup group
  2. From the Size drop-down list, choose a new size: Size list Click the More Paper Sizes… option to open the Page Setup dialog that lists all default sizes and allows you to set a custom paper width and height.
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Change the paper size

In the Page Setup dialog box, on the Paper tab: Page Setup dialog

  • In the Paper size group:
    • Choose one of the default sizes in the drop-down list, or
    • Type or choose a custom width and height in the Width and Height text boxes.
  • In the Apply to drop-down list, select the Whole document option (if it isn’t selected): Apply to Whole document
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Change the margins

By default, Microsoft Word creates a new document with one-inch margins, which are called Normal. To set narrower, wider or asymmetric document margins, do the following:

  1. On the Layout tab, in the Page Setup group, click the Margins button: Margins button in Page Setup group
  2. From the Margins drop-down list, choose the new pre-defined margins or click the More Margins… option to open the Page Setup dialog that lists all pre-defined margins and allows you to set a custom margin for each size of the paper: Margins list
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Change the margins

In the Page Setup dialog box, on the Margins tab: Page Setup dialog

  • In the Margins group, type or choose values top, bottom, left, and right margin value in the Top, Bottom, Left, and Right text boxes.
  • In the Apply to drop-down list, select the Whole document option (if it isn’t selected): Apply to Whole document
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Change the page orientation

Usually, the whole article, paper, or report is printed in the Portrait mode, but for a page with the big table, you need the Landscape mode. To change the page orientation, do the following:

  1. On the Layout tab, in the Page Setup group, click the Orientation button: Orientation button in Page Setup group
  2. In the Orientation drop-down list, choose the Landscape mode: Orientation list

Print on both sides

  • Print on Both Sides (Flip pages on long edge) (left edge for portrait, top edge for landscape) binding in portrait mode allows pages to be turned side-to-side like a book.
    Portrait long Landscape long
  • Print on Both Sides (Flip pages on short edge) (top edge for portrait, left edge for landscape) binding allows the pages to be oriented correctly if they are flipped vertically, as in a notepad:
    Portrait short Landscape long
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Print on both sides

If your printer doesn’t support duplex printing, do one of the following:

  • Use the manual duplex printing:
    1. On the File tab, click Print or press Ctrl + P.
    2. On the Print tab, choose Manually Print on Both Sides from the appropriate drop-down list: Manually print on both sides

      Before starting the manual printing on both sides a large document, we recommend running a small test to determine the correct way to load the pages for your printer.

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Print on both sides

  • Use the printing of odd and even pages:
    1. On the File tab, click Print or press Ctrl + P.
    2. On the Print tab, under Settings, choose Only Print Odd Pages from the drop-down list: Print odd pages
    3. After the odd pages are printed, flip the stack of pages over, and then under Settings, choose Only Print Even Pages.
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