Google Docs gives you the ability to make all kinds of changes to the text. With Google Docs, you can modify your documents in any way you want, so that they are not only pleasant to read on your computer or mobile device, but also in printed form. There are many properties that you can customize in Google Docs. One of those properties is margins. 

Margins are empty spaces surrounding your Google Docs file. The margins contain no images or text, and allow you to prevent text from colliding with the edges of your document and to print correctly. As a result, the aesthetic look of the document is improved because the margins prevent the text from stretching too far and don’t make it difficult to read the document. Furthermore, attaching bindings for all types of printed documents may require you to adjust the margins to certain dimensions so that the binding does not interfere with the text.

It is worth noting that margin and indent are different things. Indent means the distance between the margin and the initial line of the paragraph. Another important difference is that you can set several different indents in the same file, whereas margins can only be set once.

So, in this article, we are going to tell you how to change margins in your document on Google Docs.

How to change margins on Google Docs on your desktop

If you want to make changes to the margins in Google Docs on your desktop, you should know that there are several methods of making such adjustments.

The first way you can change margins on Google Docs is with the ruler. To do this, you have to follow these steps:

  • First of all, open your Google Docs file and make sure that the ruler is visible on your desktop. To do that, select the “View” option and click “Show ruler”;
  • After that, you can start from the left margin of your file. Place the cursor anywhere in the gray area of the program on the screen on the left side of the ruler. In this way, you will see that the ruler pointer has turned into a two-directional arrow;
  • Then, сlick and drag the gray area to the right side of the workspace to enlarge the margin. Otherwise, move the pointer to the left to get a smaller margin;
  • Next, you can try to do the same with top, right and bottom margins;
  • At the end of the margin, you will see a downward-pointing triangle and a blue rectangle. These icons signify the left indent and the first line indent, respectively. You must also position these indents because the indent icons move with the margins;
  • The document will have no indents by default. But you can change this by dragging the first line indent to the right of the document by about half an inch.

Another way to change margins on Google Docs on your desktop is the “Page Setup” option. If you want to do so, you have to follow these steps:

  • First of all, open your Google Docs file;
  • Then, navigate to the “File” options in the menu and click the “Page Setup” option;
  • After that, enter the size of the left, right, top and bottom margins in the boxes under the “Margins” section;
  • Finally, click “OK” to save changes.

You have also to be aware that Google Docs doesn’t allow you to change margins for just one page of your file. Also, you don’t have the ability to change margins on your Android device, but you can do it on iPhone and iPad.

How to change margins on Google Docs on iPhone and iPad

If you want to change margins in your Google Docs file on your iPhone or iPad, you have to follow these steps:

  • First of all, open your Google Docs file;
  • Then, navigate to the “Menu”, represented by the “three dots” icon in the top right corner of the screen;
  • After that, select the “Page Setup” section and tap “Margins”;
  • Select which margins you want to set for the document: custom, wide, default, or narrow.

Custom margins allow you to enter specific dimensions. The “Wide” setting uses two-inch right and left margins, and one-inch top and bottom margins. Default margins mean that all the margins will be set to one inch. And narrow margins mean that you create half-inch margins for all four sides.


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