How to Change Margins in Writer [Complete Guide]


This Writer advanced tutorial explains how to change margins in Writer – LibreOffice, OpenOffice.

Margins are very easy to change in LibreOffice Writer – the document processor. When you are trying to fit a document in some layout/ trying to print in a different page type – you need to change the margins.

This is how you can do it.

Change Margins in LibreOffice Writer

  • Open an empty writer document and put some text into it. Or you can open your own Writer document.
  • Open from the menu – Format -> Page. On the Page style window, click on the Page tab.
  • On the Page tab, select the left – top – right – bottom margins in inches (Fig 1). Then press OK. You will see the custom margins are applied.
  • If you are using the latest Notebookbar Tabbed layout, you can find the Margin option in the Page Layout tab (Fig 2), which gives you all presets and custom margin options.
  • There is another alternate way as well. While the document is open, open the right sidebar using CTRL+F5. Click on the settings gear icon and click Page.
  • Under the format section, select your desired pre-defined margins to apply to your document (Fig 3).
Page style to change margins in Writer
Page style to change margins in Writer (Fig 1)
Margin settings in notebook bar
Margin settings in notebook bar (Fig 2)
Alternative way to change margins
An alternative way to change margins (Fig 3)

Zero Margins in LibreOffice Writer

  • One of our readers commented on how we can set zero margins. Well, that is also possible.
  • On the right side, under format, choose Margins = None.
  • Once you do that, you should see the texts resized to the extreme edges of the four sides.
  • See the example image to get an idea (Fig 4)
No Margin in a sample doc
No Margin in a sample doc (Fig 4)


This is how you can quickly change and add margins in a Writer document.

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Carolyn Quinn

Is there a way I can change the margins on every other page to be the same, for binding purposes, without having to change each page.


This is useless. It needs to be taken down. The program has user defined borders and the 0.00 still represents hefty borders.

robi hamdani

could you make tutorial how to add each gap to images, it’s nutz if i do repetition again and again


It is possible to set special margins in case footer and/or header is being used? I want to have top and bottom margin 2.50 cm, but in case footer/header is used, then 1.9 cm should be used. How can I set that?