Software & Apps Google Drive How to Change Margins in Google Docs Alter the right and left margins, or change all margins at once by Jeremy Laukkonen Writer Jeremy Laukkonen is tech writer and the creator of a popular blog and video game startup. He also ghostwrites articles for numerous major trade publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Jeremy Laukkonen Updated on September 11, 2020 reviewed by Ryan Perian Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Ryan Perian is a certified IT specialist who holds numerous IT certifications and has 12+ years' experience working in the IT industry support and management positions. our review board Article reviewed on Mar 22, 2020 Ryan Perian Google Drive Docs Sheets Slides Tweet Share Email When you create a new document or open an existing document in Google Docs, you'll find preset one-inch default margins. These margins are on the top, bottom, right, and left of the page. When you print a document, this space separates the text from the edges of the page. If you need to change margins in Google Docs, here are two easy methods. Margins are different from indents, which add space beyond the margin to the first line of every paragraph. Change the Left and Right Margins With the Ruler Using the ruler allows you to set margins quickly with intuitive click-and-drag functionality. Navigate to Google Docs and open a new or existing document. Locate the ruler at the top of the document. To change the left margin, locate the rectangular bar with a down-facing triangle beneath it. Click the grey area to the left of the down-facing triangle. The pointer turns into an arrow. Drag the grey margin area to adjust the margin size. To change the right margin, find the down-facing triangle on the right end of the ruler, and then drag the grey margin area to adjust the margin size. When you select and drag the blue rectangle icon above the down-facing triangle, you'll adjust the first-line indent. If you select and drag only the down-facing triangle, you'll adjust the left or right indents, not the overall margins. Set the Top, Bottom, Left, and Right Margins It's also easy to preset your document's margins to a specified size. Navigate to Google Docs and open a new or existing document. Select File > Page setup. Under Margins, set the Top, Bottom, Left, and Right margins to whatever you want. Select OK when you're done. Can You Lock the Margins in Google Docs? While there's no specific margin-locking feature in Google Docs, it's possible to prevent other users from making changes to your document when you share it. Here's what to do if you'd like to share a document, but not allow anyone to edit its margins or anything else: Open the document and select File > Share. In the Share with people and groups dialog box, add the person with whom you're sharing the document. In the box to the right, select the down-facing triangle, and then choose Viewer or Commenter instead of Editor. Select Send. The recipient won't be able to edit the document margins or anything else. Unlock a Google Doc for Editing If you receive a Google Doc and don't have edit privileges, and you need to adjust the margins or any other aspect of the document, request edit access to the document. Go to the upper-right corner, then select Request edit access. In the Ask owner to be an editor dialog box, type a message, then select Send. When the document owner adjusts the sharing settings, you can edit the document. If you need a quick workaround, go to File > Make a copy. You can edit your copy of the document. For this to work, the owner must have enabled the option for viewers to download, print, and copy the document.