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How to Change Margins in Google Docs

We show you two different ways how to edit margins in Google Docs using the ruler at the top and left and the page options.


Docs is one of the best -based word-processing web applications that allows users to create and edit text documents online. It features a straightforward, user-friendly UI that allows even a non-specialist to create, format, and share documents. One of the core formatting features in Google Docs is its ability to change margins.

The margins of a document are the blank spaces between the edges of the paper and the text. Choosing appropriate margins can enhance the readability and appearance of your document.

Here are some suggestions for choosing appropriate margins:

  • Follow any specific guidelines or requirements from your instructor, employer, or publisher.
  • Use standard margins of 1 inch (2.54 cm) on all sides for academic papers and business letters.
  • You can adjust the margins if you need to fit more text on a page or avoid widows and orphans (single lines of text at the top or bottom of a page).
  • Use wider margins (1.5 to 2 inches) for documents that are meant to be bound or hole-punched.
  • Use narrower margins (0.5 to 0.75 inches) for informal documents, flyers, newsletters, or resumes.

Margins in Google Docs

Margins play a vital role in crafting a document in Google Docs. Changing the margins in Google Docs allows control over your document's look. It allows you to create a professional-looking layout that meets your needs.

This tutorial will show you how to change margins in Google Docs. Adjusting the margins quickly is easy, whether it's your school project, business proposal, or another personal document. You'll learn to change margins for the entire document and customize margins to fit your preferences.

How to Fix Margins in Google Docs With the Ruler

  1. Click on “View” in the menu bar, and select “Show ruler” from the options
    Windows 11 - Google Docs - View - Show Ruler
  2. Click on the ruler and drag to change the margins
    Locate the blue margin at the top ruler on either end. Click on the gray portion at either end of the blue margin. Your cursor will be changed to a sideways arrow. You can drag to change the margin in your Google Doc file.
    Windows 11 - Google Docs - Move Horizontal Rule
  3. Go to the gray portion at the left of the document, and drag up and down to change the margin
    Windows 11 - Google Docs - Move Vertical Rule

How to Set Margins in Google Docs With the Page Setup Option

  1. Click on “File” in the menu bar, and select “Page setup” from the options
    Windows 11 - Google Docs -File - Page Setup
  2. Change each margin by typing a new measurement according to your needs
    Type in the new measurements as needed, click “Set as default”, and click “OK” to confirm changing the margins in your Google Docs file.
    Windows 11 - Google Docs -File - Page Setup - Margins - Set as Default - Accept

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