The MLA and APA style guidelines both call for 1-inch margins on the top, bottom, and both sides of the page. When you launch Microsoft Word, the margins are usually set to one inch. Click on the Page Layout tab to ensure that the margins are set to 1 inch. If they're not, click on the Margins button to adjust them.
However, some publishers may require 2-inch margins or even more.
In general, the more careful you are when writing, the closer to 1 inch you should leave all margins. If you write quickly and without thinking, then 2 inches is enough. But if you want your work to look nice and clean, then go with 1 inch.
There are many software programs available that will format your document for printing. Most of these programs have a margin settings section where you can adjust the size of each margin. It's important that you do this accurately so the text doesn't run into the margin when you print out your work.
A drop-down menu will appear when you click on Margins. From here you can change the page margin size to anything between 0.5 and 8 inches.
By default, Word sets all margins to 1 inch on the left, right, top, and bottom. I've shown the top, left, and right margins in the screenshot below. If you type the entire page, Word will also leave a 1-inch bottom margin. You can change this by going to Layout > Margins and then adjusting them as needed.
XII. The top and bottom margins in Microsoft Word 2013 are one inch, while the left and right margins are one inch. To adjust your margins, click the Margin button on the Page Layout ribbon. Or, to change all four margins at once, press Alt and click each corner of the document window.
Each page in Word includes a one-inch margin on both sides. You may adjust or customize margin settings, establish margins for facing pages, give extra margin space for document binding, and change how margins are measured. The default setting throughout Word is 1 inch (25 mm) on all sides.
The default left margin in a document created with Microsoft Word 2016 is 1 inch (25 mm). If you start a new document and don't change the default setting, then each page will have a 1-inch left margin. You can change this if needed.
Pages that include only horizontal writing may have their left margin set to 0.5 inches. Pages that include vertical writing as well as horizontal writing can have their left margin set to 1 inch. Columns (tabs) in tables can also have their left margin set to 0.5 inches.
To set the left margin of the current page or selection, go to the Layout tab and click Margins. From the Margins dialog box, you can also enter values into the Horizontal and Vertical boxes directly.
If you want all pages of your document to have the same left margin, then use a preset value instead of adjusting each page individually.
Even if Word's default margins are one inch, your margin size may vary. There are various options for setting your margins to 1 inch in Word.
Microsoft Word's default margins have been 1 inch (25.4 mm) all around since version 2007; in Word 2003, the default top and bottom margins were 1 inch (25.4 mm), but 1.25 inches (31.7 mm) were supplied to the left and right. In earlier versions, the default left and right margins were 0.5 inches (12.7 mm), but this could be changed by users or on Microsoft Windows NT systems where the "page set up" tool was used.
To change the left and right margins simultaneously, use the mouse to select both objects (margins in this case). Then click the Merge button on the Standard toolbar or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+E. The selected objects will be merged together with the new combined object displayed in their place.
This example shows the Default Paragraph Settings dialog box with the Left and Right margins set to 1.5 inches:
When you set the Left and Right margins independently, as opposed to merging them into one single object, some features may not work as expected. For example, tables that extend beyond the edge of the page may break down across multiple pages if the extended section is longer than a single page.