How to Change the Lines Per Page & Type Size in an MS Word Document

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If you want to customize the way that your Word document will be displayed both on paper and on screen, then you can change the various formatting conditions. The number of lines per page is defined in part by the top and bottom margins that your page uses, and so to increase or decrease the number of lines on screen, you can change the margin size. Likewise, the font size also affects the amount of words on your page. You can change font size in the Word ribbon.

Font Size

  • Open "Microsoft Word." Press "Ctrl"+"O." Locate and open an example Microsoft Word document.

  • Press "Ctrl"+"A" to select all of the text.

  • Click, in the Home tab, the drop-down menu next to the font name (default figure is "12"). Choose your new font size.

Lines Per Page

  • Click the "Page Layout" tab, then "Page Setup," then "Margins."

  • Choose one of the template margins and see if it works for your purpose.

  • Click "Custom Margins" if you want complete control over the margin size. Manipulate the top and bottom margins until you have the number of lines per page you want.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also increase or decrease the number of lines per page by manipulating the space between lines (Home tab) and opting for single spacing, double spacing and other line spacing options.

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