The default margins for a document that you create in Google Docs will be one inch on all sides. For many schools and organizations this is the standard, meaning that many Google Docs users won’t have a reason to change their margins.
Unfortunately this is not a universal standard, so you may find yourself in the position of needing to make your margins larger or smaller. Our guide below will show you where to locate this setting for your document so that you can specify the size of your margins.
- Where is Page Setup in Google Docs?
- How Do You Change the Top and Bottom Margins in Google Docs?
- How Do I Change Inches to CM in Google Docs?
- How Do I Change Headers in Google Docs?
Where is Page Setup in Google Docs?
If someone has verbally told you where to locate the margin settings in Google Docs, then they probably pointed you to the Page Setup menu.
But if you are unfamiliar with Google Docs or new to the application, then this information may not have been useful.
You can locate the Page Setup menu in Google Docs by selecting the File tab at the top-left of the window, then choosing the Page Setup option at the bottom of that menu.
How Do You Change the Top and Bottom Margins on Google Docs?
The steps in this section were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other browsers like Firefox or Edge.
Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com and open the Google Docs document for which you would like to change the margins.
Step 2: Select the File tab at the top-left of the window.
Step 3: Click the Page Setup option at the bottom of the menu.
Step 4: Adjust the values in the Margins fields at the right side of the window to the desired size, then click the OK button. Note that if you would like to make these margins the default for all future documents you create, you can elect to click the Set as default button as well.
How Do I Change Inches to CM in Google Docs?
Depending on the geographic and language settings in your Google Account, it’s possible that your margin sizes are being defined in inches rather than centimeters.
If you would like to be able to set your margins in centimeters, then you can do so by adjusting the language setting for Google Drive.
Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com.
Step 2: Click the gear icon at the top-right, then choose the Settings option.
Step 3: Select the Change language settings option.
Step 4: Click the pencil icon to the right of the current default language.
Step 5: Type English into the search field, then click the English search result.
Step 6: Scroll down and click the United Kingdom option, then click the Select button.
Now when you return to the Page setup menu in Google Docs you will be able to specify your margins in centimeters.
How Do I Change Headers in Google Docs?
If you have an existing header in your document that you wish to change, or you wish to add or edit something about the header, then continue with the steps below.
Step 1: Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.
Step 2: Select the Header & page number option, then click Header. Note that you can alternatively select Page number and choose a page numbering style.
You can now type the information for your header above the gray Header bar. You can also click the Options button to change a header setting.
To edit existing header information, simply click on the text that you wish to edit in the header and change it in the same manner that you would change regular document body text.
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