How to Change the Margin on an Adobe PDF

By Joanne Mendes

Changing an Adobe PDF document's margins to zero readjusts the text of the document so that it fills the entire viewable area of the page. This can shorten a document and requires less paper for printing. You can change the margin settings of a new or existing PDF document using Adobe's Acrobat or Reader software.

Adobe Acrobat

Step 1

Open the PDF document in Adobe Acrobat.

Step 2

Click "Document" on the main toolbar and choose "Crop Pages."

Step 3

Click the "Set to Zero" button to change all of the page margins to zero or reset individual margins to zero using the down arrow keys in the Margin Controls dialog box.

Step 4

Click "OK" to save the margin settings.

Adobe Reader

Step 1

Open the PDF document in Adobe Reader.

Step 2

Click "File" on the main menu bar and choose "Print."

Step 3

Open the drop-down menu next to "Print Scaling" and choose "None."

Step 4

Click "OK."

Tips & Warnings

  • You will not be able to save the margin settings using Adobe Reader; the readjusted margin settings can only be used to print the document. Adobe PDF page settings can only be saved when using Acrobat. You can download a free trail copy of Adobe Acrobat at Adobe's website (see Resources).

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