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Page Setup Quick Start

A Guide to Tutorials and Tips for Creating Professional Documents

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In the past ten years, advances in word processing software have brought unprecedented abilities to the average person.

It is now possible for anyone with a computer and printer to produce high quality, professional looking documents with a minimum of effort.

While today’s word processing programs fall short of desk top publishing software, their features are light years from those of a typewriter.

Of course, to achieve the most professional looking results from your work, you do have to know how to get the most out of the features.

The first thing that will detract from the presentation of your document and give you away as a word processing novice is a poorly set-up page: The margins and the printed text’s position on the page are the first things someone viewing the document will notice. That’s why you should pay a considerable amount of attention to these things.

Fortunately, Microsoft Word places all the page setup controls in one convenient place, the aptly titled Page Setup dialog box, so you can make all your changes in one fell swoop. Here’s what you can do:

1. Change the page orientation
2. Set the page margins
3. Specify the paper size
4. Change Header and Footer Options
5. Change the Vertical alignment of the page
6. Apply Borders

These are just some of the options you can change in the Page Setup dialog box, but if you master these, you are well on your way to producing professional quality work and displaying your word processing prowess. Best of luck!

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