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Understanding the Gutter Margin

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Understanding the Gutter Margin.

The gutter margin is a typographical term used to designate an additional margin added to a page layout to compensate for the part of the paper made unusable by the binding process. In a facing pages layout (Word refers to this type of layout as "mirror margins"), the gutter margin is on the very inside of both pages. It is uncommon to use a gutter margin in a single-sheet layout, although Word allows you to do that. In single-sheet layouts, the gutter margin is typically the area where you might three-hole punch your paper.

To set the gutter margin in Word, you follow these steps:

  1. Choose Page Setup from the File menu. Word displays the Page Setup dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Page Setup dialog box.

  3. Using the Gutter control, indicate how wide you want the gutter margin to be.
  4. Click OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (172) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Understanding the Gutter Margin.

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Comments for this tip:

Mary Johnson    02 Sep 2013, 00:43
Windows XP is my OS. Gutters suddenly appeared in MSW Office upon a restart; I can't get rid of them. I have, in Page Setup, the setting on Normal in "Multiple Pages"; and the setting for Gutter at 0, which is permissible as long as I don't choose the setting of "Mirror Margins, "Two pages per sheet", or "Book Fold". How can I get this gutter to go away?
MARY JOHNSON    02 Sep 2013, 00:35
Page Setup has gutter set to zero and Normal setting for "Multiple Pages"--NOT book, two pages, or mirror margins setting. How do I get rid of the gutters that appeared after a computer restart?

OS is Windows XP, forgot to add.
MARY JOHNSON    02 Sep 2013, 00:33
Page Setup has gutter set to zero and Normal setting for "Multiple Pages"--NOT book, two pages, or mirror margins setting. How do I get rid of the gutters that appeared after a computer restart?
komal patel    03 Jul 2013, 23:38
What is Gutter margin ?
Margin added to left margin while printing
Margin added to right margin while printing
Margin added to binding side of the page while printing
Margin added to outside of page while printing
None of these
Dr uday    14 Oct 2012, 03:31
In case of one sided printout, if we leave extra margin on left side(binding side), will it also serve the purpose of gutter margin? Or using gutter margin has some additional advantage?
HEMANT    19 Jul 2012, 10:58
Thanks
Gagandeep Singh    11 May 2012, 05:54
how is page margin affected by gutter setting in ms-word2000??
manav    11 Mar 2012, 05:45
thats really useful....

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