How Do I Change the Default Page Layout on MS Word?

By Leonardo R. Grabkowski

If you get tired of changing your page layout each time you create a new Microsoft Word document, you probably need to change your default settings. MS Word allows users to customize the default page layout, because not all users want the same settings. Elements of the page layout include your margins, line spacing and page orientation. The process is the same for Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007; however, accessing the menu is slightly different in Word 2003 (see Tips section).

Step 1

Click on the tab labeled "Page Layout" on the MS Word toolbar.

Step 2

Click on the arrow in the corner of the box labeled "Page Setup."

Step 3

Change the margins to the desired size (1-inch margins are most common, but you can set them however you want). Change the page orientation (portrait or landscape) if desired. Click "Default" to save the changes. Click "OK" to exit the menu.

Step 4

Click on the arrow at the bottom corner of the box labeled "Paragraph." Change your text alignment (left or right justified, or centered) and set your line spacing (single, 1.5 or double).

Step 5

Click "Default" to save the changes, and then click "OK" to exit the menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • To access the page layout feature in Word 2003, choose "File" and then "Page Setup."