How to Use Legal Paper by Default in Word 2010

The default settings in Microsoft Word are the options that Microsoft feels are useful to the majority of people. But your situation might dictate that one of those default settings is not ideal, so you need to change it to make your use of the program more convenient. So if you typically print your documents on legal sized paper, then it can be a hassle to constantly be changing the paper size whenever you create a document. Fortunately this is a setting that you can change.

Note that this will apply to all new documents that you create in Word 2010 unless you change the default paper size again. With that in mind, follow our tutorial below to learn how to change Word’s default paper size to legal paper.


Print on Legal Paper by Default in Word 2010

This guide will switch your default page size from letter paper (8.5″ x 11″) to legal paper (8.5″ by 14″). This is not exclusive to that paper size, however. If you wanted to use the A4 paper size (8.27″ x 11.69″), you could select that instead of the legal size in the steps below.


Step 1: Open Microsoft Word 2010.


Step 2: Click the Page Layout tab at the top of the window.

click the page layout tab



Step 3: Click the Page Setup button at the bottom-right corner of the Page Setup section of the ribbon at the top of the window.

click the page setup button



Step 4: Click the Paper tab at the top of the window.

click the paper tab



Step 5: Click the drop-down menu under Paper size, then select the Legal option.

how to use legal sized paper by default in Word 2010



Step 6: Click the Set as Default button at the bottom-left corner of the window.

click the set as default button



Step 7: Click the Yes button to confirm that you want to change the default settings for the Normal template.


The next time you create a new document in Microsoft Word, it will be on legal sized paper.

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