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Microsoft Word: Formatting Your Paper

A guide to formatting your paper using Microsoft Word 2010.

Document Margins

Both the MLA and APA style guides require 1-inch margins on the top, bottom and both sides of the page. In most cases, when you open Microsoft Word, the margins will already be set to 1-inch.

To be sure you have the margins set to 1-inch:

  1. Click on the Page Layout tab
  2. Click on Margins to see a drop-down menu
  3. Make sure Normal is selected

Screenshot showing where to find the options to set margins to 1-inch