How to Reduce a Word Doc Page


Microsoft Word allows you to customize countless aspects of your document, including using customized templates, adding photos and creating headers and footers. Often, you will need to adjust the page size by reducing either the margins or the actual paper size, due to printing constraints or layout purposes. Word makes reducing a document's page a simple process, requiring just a few clicks and modifications to the page setup settings.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word
  • Computer
  • Open Microsoft Word. Create a new document or open an existing document that you would like to reduce. Open or create a new document by clicking the "File" drop down menu and either clicking "New" or "Open."

  • Click the "File" drop-down menu again after opening or creating a new document. Left-click "Page Setup." This will open the dialog box that you will use to modify the page layout settings.

  • Adjust the margins by clicking the "Margins" tab on the top of the dialog box. To create larger margins, enter higher numbers in the "Margins" section of the dialog box. There are four margins to modify--top, bottom, left and right. Click the text box corresponding to each margin and type in a new number to modify the margin. You can also click the arrow keys next to the margin boxes to decrease or increase the margins. Skip this step if you instead wish to decrease or increase the paper size.

  • Click the "Paper" tab on the top of the dialog box. Modify the paper size by changing the numbers under the "Paper Size" portion of the dialog box. The first drop-down menu allows you to choose a preset paper size, such as "Legal" or "Letter." The other two drop-down menus allow you to customize the power size by adjusting the width and length. Skip this step if you only wished to modify the margins.

  • Click "OK" when you are finished changing the page setup.

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