Documents come in different shapes and sizes, such as legal or brochure. In Word, you can change the paper size depending on the type of document you are working on, or change the default paper size for all new documents. We will guide you through!
Change the paper size of a document
When you are ready to change the paper size of a Word file, open the document and go to the “Layout” group in the “Layout” tab. Here, click on “Size”.
A drop-down menu appears in which you see a generous list of paper sizes. Simply select an option from this list to change the paper size of the entire document.
Change the paper size from a specific point
You may have to use two different paper sizes in the same Word document. You can easily get there in just a few steps.
First, make sure your cursor is where you want to start the new paper size. If it’s in the middle of a page, it will simply move to a new page after selecting the new size.
Then return to the “Layout” group of the “Layout” tab and click on “Size” again. This time, however, instead of selecting an option from the list, click “More paper sizes” at the bottom of the menu.
Here, in the “Paper” tab of the “Layout” dialog box, select the desired size under “Paper size”.
At the bottom of the dialog box, click the drop-down arrow next to “Apply to”, click “This point ahead”, then click “OK”.
The location where you placed your cursor now appears on a new page with the new paper size.
Change the default paper size in Word
Word’s default paper size is “Letter,” which is 8.5 x 11 inches. If you use a different size more frequently than the default, you can change the default size for all new documents. That way, you won’t have to change the paper size of each new document you create.
To do this, go to Layout> Size> Other paper sizes. In the “Layout” dialog box, click “Paper”, then click the drop-down arrow next to “Paper size”.
Select the paper size you want to set as default for all future documents.
At the bottom of the dialog box, click “Set as default”.
A message appears asking you to confirm the modification; click on “Yes”.
Click “OK” to close the Layout dialog box. The next time you open Word, the paper size will be the one you just selected.