Word Page Formatting: Part 4 (Specific Page Setups for Sections – Controlling Margins)

Controlling the margins of specific pages is not really a major aspect in page formatting. Even though you can set specific margins for different pages, it is not important and sometimes useless because most documents you would want would require a consistent margin size. However, I will still show you how to adjust the margins of specific pages without affecting the margin sizes of other pages.

  1. Navigate to the Page Layout tab and in the Page Setup group, there should be a small button on the bottom-right corner of the group. Click it and a pop-up will appear.
  2. wordp3,1It will give you the option to change the top, bottom, left, right, gutter and gutter position. The values for top, bottom, left and right margins are self-explanatory. The gutter and gutter position refers to how far the margins (the grey lines that forms the basis of the margins) should be shifted to and from where it should be shifted from.
  3. The next thing you need to do is navigate to the box that says: “Apply to:” in the Pop-up. There are several options that will appear.
    • Whole Document: This will apply the condition to the whole document (not what we want).
    • This Point Forward: This will apply the condition from where the cursor is at, and to any pages after that.
    • Selected Text: This will apply the condition to only the selected text, which means that it will apply the condition to any pages the selected text is/are on.
    • This Section: This will apply the condition to only the section (that is set by using the Headings), which means that it will apply the condition to any pages the sections is covering.wordp3,2
  4. Depending on the situation, This Point Forward is most likely the most useful function due to its reliability. This option is useful when you want to change the margins of multiple pages. Choosing Selected Text option is useful only when you want to only change a couple of pages (particularly just a group of text). This function is not entirely useful for larger documents that require different margins to multiple pages. This Section is very useful if you want certain sections to have a specific margin.
  5. To do it for multiple pages (let’s say that you want one different margin for one page, then another different margin for one page that is 5 pages on), you would have to do it 4 times by using This Point Forward, whereas using Selected Text only requires to do it 2 times, but it is very restrictive – restrictive to only the text you selected. If you want more text to be selected, you will have to redo the selection. This Section is by far the most useful if you want specific pages in a section to have a certain margin. E.g. If you have financial tables as a section and the analysis in a another section, you can use this function to only set the margin for the section that includes financial tables.

Overall, this tutorial just explains about all the possible ways to change the margin. It would be best if you use trial-and-error sometimes whilst referring to this tutorial, because you need to find which function suits you or which functions suits the document that you are trying to format. I hope this tutorial has given you an insight of how to change the margin of specific pages. In the next tutorial, I will show you how to change the margins of specific pages (which is a very similar process to changing the margin).

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