There are all sorts of reasons to know how to change margins in Google Docs but it’s not immediately clear how to do it. Once you know how to change margins in Google Docs, however, you can cram information into fewer pages or space it out and make it look more professional, particularly useful for work and school.
Whether you’ve got a strict page limit, want all your notes on one page, or just need a bit of blank space on the screen to break things up we’ve got you covered both vertically and horizontally. And remember, if you prefer how things looked before, Ctrl+Z (or Cmd Z on Mac) is your friend — just undo your changes. Here’s how to change the margins in Google Docs.
How to change margins in Google Docs
- Click View in the top toolbar
- Click Show ruler
- Drag the gray areas of the upper ruler (horiztonal margin)
- Drag the gray areas of the left side ruler (vertical margins)
Read on to see detailed instructions for each step.
1. Click View and then click Show ruler (ensure it has a tick mark by it).
2. Locate the gray area of the upper ruler. Click and drag the gray area left or right to change the horiztonal margin. There are gray areas on each side of the ruler.
Note: The blue arrow and blue rectangle on the top margin change the paragraph indent and first line indent respectively. These do not alter margins, but instead only change where text begins. Ignore these when changing page margins.
3. Locate the gray area on the left side ruler. Click and drag the gray area left or right to change the vertical margin. There are gray areas at the top and bottom of the ruler.
4. To make precise adjustments, select File.
5. Select Page setup.
6. This will open up the Page setup menu. Here you can orient the page and change the margins. Type in the values of the margins you wish to set.
7. Select OK.
Back on your document, the margins should now be adjusted.
There you go, all done. From the Page Setup menu, you can also change the page from portrait to landscape.
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