Formatting Word Margins to MLA Style

The default page margin setting for Microsoft Word 2007-2010 need to be adjusted for an MLA formatted paper.

To format document margins to MLA style standards:

format_wordClick the Page Layout Tab and in the Page Setup section, click the dialog box launcher.

In the Page Setup dialog box in the Margins section apply the following settings:

Top: 1″
Bottom: 1″
Left: 1″
Right: 1″

Note: to permanently change the settings to 1″ Top, Bottom, Left, and Right margins:

    • Select the Set As Defaultbutton in the lower right corner.
    • In the Microsoft Word dialog box, the question will appear, Do you want to change the default settings for page setup?
    • Click Yes

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