How to Make a Word Document Wider

By Amanda Long

Picture the following scenario: You are asked to write a one-page paper, and after you type it into Word, it turns out to be two lines more than a page long. Since the paper needs to be one printable page, all you need to do is adjust your margins to make the page wider so your entire paper will fit. This page will now be easy to deliver or email, and the recipient can print it on one page for easy filing. This also utilizes much less paper, making it more environmentally friendly.

Step 1

Open Word or other word-processing software.

Step 2

Open your page settings. Click on "File" and choose "Page Setup" from the drop-down menu.

Step 3

Decrease the right and left margins to make the document wider. If you want your text to be centered on the page, decrease the right and left margins by the same amount.

Step 4

Choose "OK" to apply the changes to your document.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using Word for Mac, under "Page Setup" you can choose "Manage Custom Sizes" in order to type in custom margins for your document.
  • An alternative way to adjust margins is to open the "File" menu and choose "Print Preview." Here you can manually move the margins by dragging them with your mouse.
  • If you find that you have made an error while updating your margins, you can undo your settings change to go back to the original. To do this, choose "Edit" from the navigation menu and then click "Undo formatting." This will undo your previous changes.
  • If undo will not work in your circumstance, just remember that you do not have to save your document and can automatically discard any changes you have made.