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Laying Out a Page 1 Word-processing programs offer a variety of features that can help improve the appearance and  readability of the text and graphics on a page. Creating the most effective layout and design for your  document may require a little experimentation, but being familiar with the layout features of your word- processing program will help you. Here, we cover some of the most basic features of laying out a page in  Microsoft Word ® .  Consult your Help menu to locate similar features in earlier versions of Word or other  word-processing programs:    Setting Margins  Setting Font Style and Size  Setting Spacing and Alignment       Creating Headers and Footers       Creating Columns       Creating Lists       Varying the Layout Within a Document       Setting Margins  The margin is the distance from the text to the paper's edge. Word usually uses 1-inch margins as a  default, but you can change the margins in a section or in an entire document either by using the Format  menu or by dragging the margin boundaries on the rulers that appear at the top and left side of the  document.   To set the margins using the Format menu:  1.   Select File --> Page Setup.  (Figure 1 shows the Page Setup dialog box.) 2.    Adjust the top, bottom, right, and left margins either by clicking the up or down arrows or by typing the amount of space you want for each margin. 3.   A page image appears in the lower right corner of the Page Setup dialog box showing how the new margins appear before you apply them to your page or  document. 1 1 Handout from Bedford/St. Martin’s The Business Writer’s Companion website: http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/alredbwc6e/default.asp#622137__632998__
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4.   Click OK to apply the new margins. To set margins using the rulers:  1.   Select View --> Print Layout or File --> Print Preview.  This command opens the  Page Layout screen with margin rulers at the side and top of the page.  (Figure 2  shows the Page Layout screen.) 2.    Move the cursor up to the left margin on the top ruler until the cursor becomes a  double arrow. 
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