How to Change Margins in Google Docs (and More)

In this post, we'll see the steps to change margins in Google Docs.

We'll also look at the steps to change orientation and paper size in Google Docs (web version and Android). Let's get started.

Change Margins in Google Docs

Note: In Google Docs, 1 inch is the default value of top, right, left and bottom margins.

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    ​Go to Google Docs on your PC. Sign in if not already.
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    ​Open the document you wish and then click on "File" at the top. Now, click on "Page setup" option.
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    ​In the "Page setup" popup, you can see the "Margins" on the right side. Under that, you can see Top, Bottom, Left and Right and a field beside all of them.
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    ​Enter the value you prefer in the field beside Top, Bottom, Left and Right.
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    ​Click on "Set as default" button, if you want to set the margins values as default. Otherwise, leave the button intact.
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    Click on the "OK" button in the popup.
Margins values set as 2

That's it. All done.

Change Orientation in Google Docs

Note: The default orientation of Google Docs is "Portrait."

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    Go to Google Docs. Sign in if not already.
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    Open the document for which you want to change orientation.
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    Click on File > Page setup.
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    In the "Page setup" popup, under "Orientation," select the one you prefer.
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    Hit "Set as default" button if you want to set the orientation as the default. ​Otherwise, leave the button intact.
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    Hit the "OK" button.
Page setup popup

That's it. The orientation is changed successfully.

Change Orientation in Google Docs for Android

Note: The default orientation of Google Docs is "Portrait."

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    Open the Google Docs app.
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    Now, open the file for which you want to change the orientation.
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    Click on the "Pencil" icon at the bottom.
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    Hit the Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) at the top. Now, you can see the "Page setup" option. Tap on it.
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    Tap "Orientation" and then select the one you prefer.
Selected Landscape option

That's all. The orientation is changed successfully.

However, to view the changes, you need to enable the "Print layout" option. To do that, hit the "Back" button, tap on the Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) at the top and then tap on "Print layout."

Enabled Page layout option

Change Paper Size in Google Docs

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    ​Sign into Google Docs.
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    ​Open a document and then hit the "File" at the top.
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    ​Click "Page setup."
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    ​In the "Page setup" popup, beneath "Paper size," you can see a drop-down list. Open it and then choose the one you prefer.
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    ​Hit the "Set as default" button if you want to set the "Paper size" as default. Keep in mind that not only "Paper size," every other setting in the popup will be set as default. Leave the button intact, if you don't want to set as default.
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    ​Click the "OK" button.
Selected preferred paper size

That's all. The paper size is changed successfully.

Change Paper Size in Google Docs for Android

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    ​Open Google Docs app.
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    ​Open the document and then hit the "Pencil" icon at the bottom.
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    ​Tap Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) at the top and then hit the "Page setup" which you can find between "Spellcheck" and "Word Count."
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    ​Tap "Paper size" and then in the "Paper size" screen, choose the one you prefer.
Selected A4

That's all. Hit the "Back" button, and you can see the document.

If you want to view the change, tap Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) at the top and then tap the "Print layout" option.

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