How to Change and Control Margins in Google Docs

Edit Change Control Google Docs Margins
Edit Change Control Google Docs Margins

Do you know how to change or Control margins in Google Docs? The white space of your document all sides is called Margins that borders your Document. It is also called an invisible border; you can decrease the margin size and can increase the number of usable space on the page.  If you want to change the amount space on the edges of all a document file’s pages you can manage its margins with the ruler along the top and side of the page. Read: Google Docs the Definitive Guide for Beginner

If you want to change the default size of the margins of the Google Docs file. It is a very beautiful and easy process. There is one method to do it that is very quick, but it only works for only right and left margins. The other way is a little more complex, but it will make you able to change the entire margin at once.

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How to Control Margins In Google Docs

You can control or set up margins in your file is a very simple process that you can do in a couple of procedures: from the menu bar or the ruler bar.

Note: Remember that changing the margins will affect every page in the document. You cannot change the margin of one page separately from other pages.

Alternative Ways to Control Margins Using the Ruler Bars

Alternative ways to control the margins of the document while using the ruler belong to the left and top side of the document once you open. Here are how to control margins using the ruler bars:

First Way Control Left and Right Margin Using the Ruler

Let’s teach how to quickly change right and left margin in Google Docs file. Here are the steps to follow how to do it:

  1. Open any Browser on your computer
  2. Log in to your Google Account if not
  3. Click on the Google Apps and then select Google Docs icon
  4. You can also type or enter docs.google.com in the URL or Address bar of your browser
  5. Click on your File to open in the Google Docs
  6. If you want to change the Left side margin then go to the top left side and look for Rectangular bar with a down-facing Arrow
  7. Click and Drag the Arrow of down-facing along the ruler
  8. Go to the right side to change the margin, look for down-facing Arrow on the right end of the ruler
  9. Click and Drag the down-face Arrow along the ruler
  10. By default is 2.54 cm or one inch, depending on what unit you are using
Click on the Google Doc File to Open and Control Margins
Click on the Google Doc File to Open
Change Left and Right side Margins
Change Left and Right side Margins

Second Way Control Top and Bottom Margin Using the Ruler

Let’s teach how to quickly change Top and bottom margin in Google Docs file. Here are the steps to follow how to do it:

  1. Open any Browser on your computer
  2. Log in to your Google Account if not
  3. Click on the Google Apps and then select Google Docs icon
  4. You can also type or enter docs.google.com in the URL or Address bar of your browser
  5. Click on your File to open in the Google Docs
  6. If you want to change the Top Margin then go to Top Right side and look for Ruler bar
  7. Click and Drag the Ruler to increase or decrease white space to top margin
  8. Go to the Bottom side to change the bottom margin, look for Ruler to bottom Left side
  9. Click and drag the Ruler to increase or decrease white space to the bottom margin
  10. By default is 2.54 cm or one inch, depending on what unit you are using
Control Top and Bottom Margins and Control Margins
Control Top and Bottom Margins

How to Set Up Margin of Document in Google Docs

Let’s show you another way to change left, right, top, and bottom margin quickly of file or document in Google Docs. Here are the steps that how to control the margin of all sides in a Google Docs document.

  1. Click on any Browser to open on your computer
  2. Log in to your Google Account if not
  3. Go to Google Apps and select Google Docs from Google products menu
  4. Find your Document or File when Docs open click on it to open
  5. Now click on the File Menu in the document top left side
  6. Scroll down and select the Page Set up from the file menu
  7. After that, the Page Set up window will pop-up on your screen and here you can set up the following options
    • Margins: You can set up Margins in Inches of Top, Bottom, Left, and Right sides by typing in each box (By default is 2.54 cm or one inch, depending on what unit you are using)
    • Orientation: Here you can change the Orientation of Page to Portrait or Landscape
    • Paper Size: By click on the Paper Size drop-down menu you can choose and change the size of the page you wish (Letter 8.5”x11”).
    • Page Color: Click on the page color option choose your Page color you want
  8. If you change your mind and want to default settings of the page then just click on the Set as default button
  9. Then click on the OK option to save the changes
Click on the Google Doc File to Open Control Margins
Click on the Google Doc File to Open
Click on File Menu and Page Setup from Menu
Click on File Menu and Page Setup from Menu
Page Setup, Chang All Sides Margins, Orientation, Paper Size, Page Color, & Saved as Default
Page Setup, Chang All Sides Margins, Orientation, Paper Size, Page Color, & Saved as Default

Note: Remember that the top margin line is hiding behind the arrow and blue line. These are the indentation indicator which makes you able to control; you guessed it, the indentations of your document’s paragraphs.

How to Lock the Margin in Google Docs Document

You are unable to lock the margins of a specific document in Google docs. But if you have a shareable document and want to stop other people from changing margins of the document. Then you can prevent the people from the documents to change anything like editing or anything else.

  1. Log in to your Google Account with any browser
  2. Open you Google Docs from the Google Apps
  3. Click on the File to open or click on the Three-dots
  4. Select the Open with new tab option from the menu
  5. Once the file open and then click on the Share from the top right side near to profile photo
  6. The Share with others box will pop-up choose the following option
    1. Enter the Email Address or Name of the person you want to share
    2. Get a Shareable Link: You can also create a link to share with others
    3. Click on the Pencil icon and choose the two option only like can comment or View option
  7. Now finally click on the Done option to share the file with other users and shared users will only view or comment and will unable to edit the file
Click on More Option and Open in new Tab
Click on More Option and Open in new Tab
Select the Share Option
Select the Share Option
Enter Names or Email addresses, Pencil icon, View, & Done
Enter Names or Email addresses, Pencil icon, View, & Done

How to Unlock the Document in Google Docs to Editing

Let’s show you a very quick and easy way to unlock a Google Docs document to edit the margin of a file. But you will need to get permission from the owner of the document in the following steps:

  1. Log in to your Google Account with any browser
  2. Open your Google Docs by visiting docs.google.com
  3. Now Find the File or Document in Google docs that share with you by someone else
  4. Click on More option or Three-dots
  5. Select the Open in new tab
  6. Once the File open then click on the Request Edit Access
  7. Now type or Add a Note for the owner once the Request Edit Access dialog box pop-up
  8. Then click on the Send Request option at the bottom
Click on More Option and Open in new Tab
Click on More Option and Open in new Tab
Click on Request Edit Access option
Click on Request Edit Access option
Type Messages and Send Request
Type Messages and Send Request

Now it depends on the owner to grant you access and accept your request. After that, you will be able to reopen the file or document to edit and change the margins as normal.

What to do if Unlocking is not possible

If you are unable to access a shared file or document of Google docs, and the creator of the document doesn’t grant you edit access. Therefore you cannot set up or change the margins of the Docs file. You will need to make a copy of the file, by creating a new document and can be accomplished in two multiples ways.

First Way to Create New Document if Unable to Unlock Document

Here are the steps to create a new document of the Google Docs when you unable to edit a document:

  1. Open you Google Docs by visiting docs.google.com
  2. Click to open the Docs File that you are unable to edit
  3. Select to all the text through your mouse or by press Ctrl+A shortcut on your keyboard
  4. Go to the Edit Menu and Select Copy option from the menu or press the Ctrl+C keys on your Keyboard
  5. Click on the File Menu and go to New option
  6. Then select the Google Docs File from the submenu
  7. When the New File Open then click on the Edit menu and select the Paste option from the menu you can also press the Ctrl+V shortcut keys on your keyboard
  8. After that, all the text will copy to your new document and you can change all side margins as normally
Click on More Option and Open in new Tab
Click on More Option and Open in new Tab
Go to File Menu, New Arrow and Click Google Docs file
Go to File Menu, New Arrow and Click Google Docs file
Edit Menu and Past option
Edit Menu and Past option

Second Way to Unlock Google Docs File by Creating New one

Here is an alternative way to unlock a Google Doc file for yourself and make you able to edit and change the margins is even easier in the following steps:

  1. Open Google Docs with any browser on your PC
  2. Click on the File you cannot edit or set up or control margin
  3. Simply click on the file
  4. Create a Copy of that document
  5. Enter a name for you copy file or you can also leave it by default in place
  6. Click on OK option
  7. You will be able to edit and change the margin as normal
Edit and Control Margins in New Google Docs File
Edit Margin in New Google Docs File

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