How to Reset Margins in Word 2010, and How to Create Custom Margins in Microsoft Word 2010

August 17, 2011DavidWord9

Margins have always been frustrating to deal with, and they are even more so in Word 2010 because the options to change or reset the margins are hard to find.  Take a look at the screenshot below to give you an idea of how to work with margins in Word 2010, and then follow the directions below that apply to you (to reset margins, or to find where to create custom margins):


To reset margins to Word 2010 default page margins:

1. Head to the navigation bar at the top of MS Word and click on the “Page Layout” tab.
2. Click on the “Margins” icon.  It should be around the third item from the left.
3. Scroll down on the list of margin options and left-click on “normal”.

Your margins should now be reset to the Word default margins.

To create custom margins in Word 2010 (and my heart goes out to anyone playing with margins in Word):

1. Head to the navigation bar at the top of MS Word and click on the “Page Layout” tab.
2. Click on the “Margins” icon.  It should be around the third item from the left.
3. Now click on the “Custom Margins…” option at the very bottom of the list.

You should now be able to enter your custom margin settings.

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  • Avi

    I do a lot of work with margins (thanks for the sympathy- I need it!), and I’m constantly changing them. There is one specific margin setting that I use very frequently and I was wondering if there’s a way to make that one of the drop-down options aside, obviously, from the “Last Custom Setting” provided. Can I edit one of the defaults given, add a new one, etc?


    • The only thing I can find on that (as I’m sure you already know) is to create margins and then “set as default”. Hope this helps.

  • Rae F

    I have my margins set on normal (1 inch all the way around.) But my margin that controls the top and bottom of the page isn’t where it should be. It’s really close to the edge of the paper. How do I change that? I feel like I’ve tried everything that I know how.

    • Hmm. It should just be the top margin. The easiest thing to do may be to create a new document with the proper margins and then copy and paste from the old document.

    • RMHutchins

      This is due to your page view – not your margin settings. If you put your cursor right at the top of the visible page, you will see the mouse pointer change; when the mouse pointer changes, double click; you will, then, see the actual margins on your page.

      • J. Davis

        Thank you! This one was the solution I was looking for!!!

  • Bill

    After creating a document in word 2010, how do you adjust the margins, especially the right column?
    A novice WK 9Apr12

    • Go to “Page Layout” -> Margins. From there you can select the margins you want or you can go to “custom” on the bottom for custom margins. Hope this helps!

  • Kristen Russell

    I don’t have the page setup on the tool bar over my MS Word document. I don’t even have MS Word 2010 in my start menu? What do I need to do ? Please help

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