Page Layout

How to configuer proper page layout.

The final area in which white space interacts with words is in the border that surrounds every page. This short subchapter discusses white space in page layouts.

Use One Inch Margins Around All Pages

It is standard to place one-inch margins all the way around the text of your document. This practice originated in the hardcopy days when editors would read a printed copy of a book and use the margins to leave notes. Modern electronic readers strip the margins from your document before displaying them while Print on Demand (POD) paperbacks will display your margins.

In either case, set one-inch margins all the way around your page in Microsoft Word using the Layout->Margins menu item.

Headers and Footers Are Often Centered or Justified

Headers and footers typically appear at the top and bottom of each page (except for the title page) in paperback versions of a lengthy document such as a book.

The header most often displays the name of the book and may include a chapter title and the name of the author. This information is either centered for a single item and fully justified for multiple items (e.g. the book title justified to the left and author name justified to the right). When used, chapter names are most often displayed on alternating pages (e.g. all odd pages), with the book title appearing on the others. Additional formatting options include aligning header items to the outside edge of each page.

Page numbers are most often displayed alone in the footer and are either centered or aligned to the outside of each page. They may also appear centered or outside justified in the header of each page.