How do you set margins?

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How do you set margins? Schmitt 5/19/09 4:55 PM
I'm use to using a ruler to set left and right margins and tabs. How do you do this with Google Documents?
Re: How do you set margins? Gill 5/20/09 3:15 AM
You can only set margins (and paper size) for printing in the Print settings (File menu) - and then only for text docs. You can only see them in Print Preview.

If your doc is primarily for online viewing then you can set up margins in the CSS - but I'm not sure how those interact with the hard-copy margins - I rarely print anything these days.
Re: How do you set margins? Peggy J 6/14/09 6:44 PM
After you set the margins in the Print settings (File menu).
 
         1. click "View" at the top of the page
         2. click "Fixed width page view" 
 
You will then be able to see the margins. Unfortunately this will not show the page breaks, but you wont have to preview quite as often.
Re: How do you set margins? Gill 6/15/09 12:54 PM
<<click "Fixed width page view" >> I'm not sure this actually shows the margins - better to use print preview.
Re: How do you set margins? Huntgoddess218 6/17/09 10:09 AM
This is about the only thing I really dislike about Google docs---no good way to set margins.
Re: How do you set margins? Huntgoddess218 6/17/09 10:13 AM
I've been trying all of the above suggestions. Nothing happens at all. I have a tiny document --- only a few lines. It looks really stupid with just a couple of really long lines. I'd love to see it more balanced vertically. I mean, with more lines, each line shorter. Know what I mean? Oh, well, I used to be a secretary, so became very accustomed to looking at the "aesthetic" value of each page. :-)
Re: How do you set margins? Gill 6/17/09 11:07 AM
For viewing on screen the "Fixed width page view" (View menu) should do the trick.

You can always set margins in the CSS, though I'm not sure how well those translate into the printed version (since I almsot never print anything these days). Something like this should do the trick.
div {margin-left:1in; margin-right: 1in;}


Re: How do you set margins? avoura 7/22/09 12:43 PM
How do I set margins in metric, i.e. in millimetres? I do not want to use inches, they are foreign to me.
Re: How do you set margins? Gill 7/22/09 3:11 PM
What have you got set as your settings locale? I'd have expected the measurement system to be in mm or cm if you were in a European locale.
[ahab - have you played with this?]
Re: How do you set margins? avoura 7/26/09 2:48 PM
My Google account is set to English (UK), so I would expect it to default to metric instead of the antiquated units that some Americans insist on using.

Surely this is a serious problem for all metric countries if users want to print something but cannot accurately set the margin sizes?
Re: How do you set margins? Gill 7/26/09 3:03 PM
<<My Google account is set to English (UK), so I would expect it to default to metric instead of the antiquated units that some Americans insist on using.>> Why? Imperial measurements are still very widely used in the UK - by anyone over 40, and all of us over 50 - just as we like our beer in (Imperial, not American) pints  :-) But actually I don't think you'd get mm even with Dutch or French or German ....
Re: How do you set margins? avoura 7/26/09 3:09 PM
Imperial units suck. Inches are rubbish. If I want to use millimetres, then Google should allow me to. MS Office allows me to do so. So does OpenOffice. Why is Google against choice?
Re: How do you set margins? ahab 7/26/09 4:28 PM
Hmm, I always thought that concerning the metric system the UK was more modern than the US, but apparently there are still some heels dug in...
Re: How do you set margins? Gill 7/27/09 10:05 AM
<<he UK was more modern than the US>> officially yes, but in day-to-day use, not really. Hills remain so many feet high, beer and milk comes in pints, most people measure their height in feet and inches and their weight in stones and pounds (which the US doesn't do, they just use pounds, which requires a division by 14 in the head for us, which is hard!). Petrol does now come in litres, but most people still think in terms of gallons, and average consumption is in mpg (yes, we still have miles).

It's funny - although things are officially metric and one sees the units everywhere, at a gut level they are meaningless. If you tell me someone is six foot two and fifteen stone I can immediately visualise him, but tell me he's 1m80 and 100kg (No, I don't think those are the right numbers!) and it doesn't give me a picture at all. Similarly givng me distances in km and heights in metres doesn't instantly click - but I can relate immediately to "I live 17 miles from York at an altitude of 150ft" makes perfect sense. 

So, avoura, I beg to differ - it's a cultural thing.
Re: How do you set margins? avoura 7/27/09 12:50 PM
So how do I set the margins to millimetres?
Re: How do you set margins? ahab 7/27/09 1:16 PM
avoura,
You can't use what's not provided. We should count ourselves lucky the A4 paper format is provided.

[Gill, what are the sizes for A4 in inches ;) ]
Re: How do you set margins? Gill 7/28/09 2:56 AM
11.69 × 8.27 (approximately!) - but it's always referred to by name :-)
Re: How do you set margins? KayHamilton 12/23/09 1:05 PM
What we frustrated goodle docs users want to know how can we set tabs and margins?  Regardless of unit of measurment used, is it at all psooible to set tabs for lists, and margiins for smaller docs.  Right now my doc looks awful - long lines, and I can't line up three columns of names and addresses so they look good. 
Re: How do you set margins? Gill 12/24/09 9:31 AM
<< is it at all psooible to set tabs for lists>> No, 
<<and margiins for smaller docs.>> not really (other than very large margins on letter or A4)
<< Right now my doc looks awful - long lines, and I can't line up three columns of names and addresses so they look good. >>

You'll have to use a three-column borderless table. Because Gdocs is HTML-based tabs are not understood - no, I don;t get it either but that's how it is.

If you need more help can you share a version of the doc (with dummy data)?
Re: How do you set margins? Piers Allbrook 5/14/10 9:44 PM
It is essential for Google Docs to be able to use international units of measurement.
Without Metric measurement it will be relegated to another cheep parochial US product.

A must NOW

Fix Cut and paste!
Re: How do you set margins? Qabyss 6/10/10 11:06 PM
In the new version of Google Documents, the margin settings are in the File menu under Page Setup. :) Thank you Google for continuing to refine a wonderful tool!
Re: How do you set margins? G.Samaritan 11/4/10 8:05 AM
Click on File menu then click on Page Setup ... 
From there you can set Paper Size, Orientation, and Margins.
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