Mac Guide: Microsoft Word 2016
Margins, Page Orientation and Breaks


By default, the margins for a Word document are 2.54 cm on the top, bottom and sides.

Layout >> Margins - select Normal or Custom Margins

NB: This is useful for changing your margins in your assignment.

Custom Margins

If you select Custom Margins, the Document Margins window appears. Tab (or use the arrow keys) between each option and type in your margins. Click OK to apply the changes.

Most EIT essay’s have a Page Layout that requires a left margin of 4 cm, to do this simply enter 4 in the Left Margin

>> click OK

Page Orientation

Layout >> Orientation

Choose Portrait or Landscape

NB: To have pages of both portrait and landscape orientation in a single document, use Section Breaks bretween affected pages to do this:

Go to the page you want to change the orientation of, select the area before the text on the page you want to change. Layout >> Breaks >> Section Break (next page).


Select the area after the text on the same page, Layout >> Break >> Section Break >> Next Page

The document is now comprised of three sections. Select an area in the page you want to change the orientation of. Layout >> Orientation >> Portrait OR Landscape


Page Breaks and Section Breaks

Page Break: Separates content between pages
Section Break: Used to create layout or formatting changes in a portion of a document.


Inserting a Page Break

Click in your document where you want to start a new page, Layout >> Break >> Page Break


Inserting a Section Break

Click where you want to change the format, Layout >> Breaks


Choose which type of Break you want for your document.