How to Switch to Narrow Margins in Word for Office 365

When you create a new document in Microsoft Word, it will typically by using the Normal margin setting. This means that the top, left, bottom, and right margins will all be one inch in size.

Many organizations and schools require margins to be this size, so it can make things a little easier for people with those margin requirements. But if you don’t have specific formatting guidelines that you need to follow, and you think that there is simply too much white space around your content, then our guide below will show you how to quickly switch to the Narrow margin setting.

How to Use Smaller Margins in Word for Office 365

The steps in this article were performed in Word for Office 365, but will also work in other versions of Word like 2007, 2010, and 2013. If the document that you are editing is one that you are working on with others, then find out how to stop your comments from printing when you are ready to create a hard copy of that document.

Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Select the Layout tab at the top of the window.

choose the layout tab

Step 3: Click the Margins button in the Page Setup section of the ribbon.

click the margins button

Step 4: Choose the Narrow option from the list of margin settings.

how to switch to narrow margins in microsoft word

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