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How to Change the Margins in Google Docs [Step by Step Tutorial]

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Sometimes, you may want to change the margins in Google Docs to make it more suitable when printed or to suit your project/company guidelines.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to quickly change the margins in Google Docs.

You can change the margins in Google docs for:

Change Page Margins in Google Docs

There are two ways to change the page margins in Google Docs:

  1. Using the Page Setup Dialog box.
  2. Using the ruler

#1 Changing the Page Margins Using the Page Setup Dialog Box

Here are the steps to change the margins of the entire page in Google Docs:

These steps will change the margins of all the pages in your Google Docs file.

Also, if you need to use a specific margin setting for all your GoogleDocs files, you can make it the default setting by click on the ‘Set as default’ option in the Page Setup dialog box.

#2 Changing the Page Margin using the Ruler

You can also change the page margins in Google Docs by using the Ruler.

You will find the ruler above the Google Docs page and below the menu toolbar.

If you can’t see the ruler, go to the View drop-down menu and click on Show Ruler.

Here are the steps to change the page margins in Google docs using the ruler:

Similarly, drag and drop the blue downward pointing arrow on the right to get the left margin on the page.

Note that you can not specify the top and bottom margin using the ruler (which you can do using the Page Setup technique).

Change Paragraph Margins in Google Docs

Sometimes, you may need to change the margins of only a couple of paragraphs in Google docs and not the margins of the entire document.

This could be the case when you want to highlight some text as an excerpt from a book/report or quote from someone.

There are two ways to change paragraph margins in Google Docs:

  1. To change the margin for the entire paragraph.
  2. To change the margin for only the first line in a paragraph.

#1 Change the Entire Paragraph Margins in Google Sheets

Here are the steps to  change the entire paragraph margins in Google Docs:

#2 Change the Margin to create Hanging Indent in Google Docs

Here are the steps to create a hanging indent in Google Docs:

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