How to Set 1-inch Margins in Word 2011

Document formatting can be a point of contention for many companies, schools, and publications, so knowing how to set up your documents to match those requirements is important knowledge to have. One common formatting requirement is related to the document margins, and a popular choice is to set all of the document margins at 1 inch.

Fortunately all versions of Microsoft Word allow you to manually adjust your margins to 1 inch, including Word 2011 for Mac. Our guide below will show you where to find this setting in the program so that you can switch the margins to 1 inch.


Use 1 Inch Margins in Word 2011 for Mac

The steps in this article will show you how to use 1 inch margins for a document that you create using Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac. You can also set 1 inch margins in Word 2010 using a similar method. If you wish to adjust the default margins for any document that you create in Word 2011, then check out our tip at the end of this article.


  1. Open your document in Word 2011 for Mac.

  3. Click the Layout tab at the top of the window.
  4. click the layout tab



  5. Click the Margins button, then click the Normal option at the top of the list of options.

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You can also choose to manually set the margin values by clicking inside each of the margin fields and changing the value to 1.

other option for setting 1 inch margins



Note that following these steps will only change the margins to 1 inch for the current document. If you wish to change the default margins to 1 inch in Word 2011, then you will need to click Format > Document at the top of the screen, then adjust the margins and click the Default button at the bottom-left corner of the window.

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Do you need to share your Word document with someone that does not have Microsoft Word installed on their computer? Save as a PDF in Word 2011 and make it easier for more people to open your document. newsletter

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