When working on a project with Google Docs, you may be asked to change the default margins, and if you’ve never done it before, learning how to change all the margins in Google Docs can seem complicated.
If you just need to change the left and right margin spacing, click and hold the small blue triangle on the left and right side of the ruler at the top of your Google Doc and drag it to another position (it’s important that you have (note that you must drag the blue triangle, not the rectangle directly above it. Your ruler rectangle changes the indentation of a paragraph, not the margins.)
This is useful if you need to alter the left and right margins, but what do you do when you need to change all the margins at once?
How to Change All Margins in Google Docs
1. Go to Page Settings
Go to Dossier > Page Setup. This will allow you to set parameters for your document, such as orientation (portrait or landscape), paper size, and custom margins.
2. Enter the margin size
In the text box next to Top, Bottom, Left, Right (below Margin), type a margin size. You may want to try a few different sizes first to see which one works best for your document. Don’t worry, you can always go back and change these settings.
3. Click “OK”
If you plan to use margins often, you can also click “Set as Default.” This will set your Google Docs account to use this margin setting every time you create a new document. If it’s just a one-time fix for that particular document, it’s best to ignore the “set as default” button.
And that’s it! Hopefully, this will help you create more customized Google Docs to suit your needs.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on [Month Year] and has been updated for completeness.