How to Reduce the Page Size for Printing in Microsoft Word

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Microsoft Word supplies users with the tools to create a number of publications, from business cards and newsletters to brochures and stickers. After creating a document in Word, the next step is to get it off the screen and onto paper, which requires printing. Word allows for page resizing, which may be helpful for printing on speciality paper such as card stock and labels. Access Word's page resizing options with just a click and get ready to print.

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  1. 1

    Open Microsoft Word. To resize an existing document, click the "File" tab, then "Open." Browse to the document and double-click the name of the file, opening the document in a new Word window. Otherwise, Word opens a new blank document by default.

  2. 2

    Click the "Page Layout" tab. Click the "Size" button on the ribbon/toolbar below the tab.

  3. 3

    Click one of the preset page sizes, such as 4 by 6 inches, or click the "More Paper Sizes" link for custom page sizes and type in your new dimensions. Word automatically resizes all of the pages in the document that's ready for printing.

  4. 4

    Click the "File" tab. Click "Save As." Give the document a new name to protect the original in its original size, and click the "Save" button.

Tips and warnings

  • Resizing pages after creating a document may disrupt the way the document appears. The ideal process is to resize a page first, then design, then print. When resizing pages after you've added design and text, review the document first and make any adjustments before printing to save paper and ink.

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