Page setup

With Google Docs, you can have full control of the location of your text. The ruler at the top of your document allows you to control where your text appears. From the ruler you can adjust margins, indents, and tabs:


Margins affect the formatting of an entire document. You can adjust them by dragging the gray area on either side of the ruler, or by adjusting the margins by selecting File > Page setup from the toolbar.

Setting default page

Once you've customized your margins, you can click Set as default to set these as the default page size for any new documents you create. You can also change the default orientation, paper size, and page color of your documents.


You can change indentations at the paragraph level. To adjust indentations across several paragraphs, select the relevant text and adjust the specific indent.

  • First line indent: This small rectangle on the ruler adjusts the beginning position of a paragraph and can be changed for each paragraph.
  • Left indent: The leftmost indent adjusts the second and subsequent lines of a paragraph; this indent is controlled by dragging the downward facing triangle along the ruler.
  • Right indent: This indent, the rightmost downward facing triangle, adjusts how far toward the right side of a page a particular paragraph extends.

Tab stops

Like indents, tab stops affect documents at the specific paragraph level. Each tab stop determines how text is aligned relative to it: a left tab stop left aligns particular text to the tab stop, a center tab stop center-aligns it, and a right tab stop right aligns that text. To add a tab stop, just click anywhere in the ruler and select a tab stop. You can move text between tab stops affecting the same line by pressing the Tab key on your keyboard.

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