How to: Page Setup in Word 2007

By Dan Howard

In Word 2007, Microsoft moved the page setup menu to the "Page Layout" tab from the "File" menu, where it resided in prior iterations of Word. Despite the move, the functionality of the page setup menu in Word 2007 is similar to the Word 2003 menu. The primary functions that you can perform from the Word 2007 page setup menu include changing page orientation, margins, paper size, headers and footers, and borders.

Step 1

Open the document for which you want to change the page setup.

Step 2

Click "Page Layout" in the menu Ribbon and click the bottom-right corner of the "Page Setup" group to access the Word 2007 page setup menu.

Step 3

Click the "Margins" tab to view margin and page orientation options.

Step 4

Type new margin settings in the fields under the "Margins" heading. Word 2007 margins are measured in inches. You can change the margins at the top, bottom, left or right of the page. You can also add a gutter that provides extra margin space for binding.

Step 5

Click "Portrait" or "Landscape" to set your page orientation. Portrait orientation makes the page taller than it is wide, while landscape orientation makes the page wider than it is tall.

Step 6

Click "This point forward" in the "Apply to:" drop-down menu if you only want to apply your margin changes to later portions of your Word document.

Step 7

Click the "Paper" tab to view paper size options. You can choose a preset paper size from the drop-down menu, or you can type in a desired paper width and height in the appropriate fields. You can also specify which printer tray you want to print specific pages.

Step 8

Click the "Layout" tab to view additional page layout options.

Step 9

Click the drop-down menu under the "Section" heading to choose whether Word treats each new page, column or pair of pages as a new section.

Step 10

Type in new header and footer margins in the "Headers and footers" section, if desired. You can also check the appropriate box if you want your first page to have a different header, or if you want odd and even pages to have alternating headers.

Step 11

Click the drop-down menu under the "Page" heading to change the vertical alignment of the page. By default, text that you type in Word appears at the top of the page; you can choose to have text begin at the bottom of the page or the center of the page instead.

Step 12

Click the "Line Numbers" button to add line numbers to your Word document. Click the check box next to "Add line numbering" to activate the line-numbering feature. You can then specify the line at which numbering should start, how many lines Word should skip before the next number and whether numbering should restart in each page or section of text. Click the "OK" button to save your changes.

Step 13

Click the "Borders" button to open the borders and shading window. You can choose from five preset borders on the left side of the window, or you can use the drop-down menus to select border style, color and width.

Step 14

Click the "Shading" tab and click a color to select the color of your borders. Click the "Style" drop-down menu to select the level of transparency that you want your borders to have, and click the "OK" button to save your changes.