I am asking because I am supposed to use standard Microsoft Word margins and the document is going to be printed double-sided. I want to figure out what those margins would be in Microsoft Word and then try to replicate them in LaTeX because I am going to write my document in this language. I guess the geometry package would suffice for that.

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  • I afraid your question is off-topic here, I think you should ask on Super User.
    – CarLaTeX
    May 25, 2019 at 10:34
  • AFAICT, the only relationship your query has to "a WYSIWYG text editor like Microsoft Word, LibreOffice or OpenOffice" is that you are "supposed to use standard Microsoft Word margins". And what would those margins be? Please advise.
    – Mico
    May 25, 2019 at 10:39
  • @Mico that's what I want to establish. I want to know what are standard double-printing margins in e.g. Microsoft Word so that I can try to somehow replicate it in LaTeX.
    – geras
    May 25, 2019 at 10:41
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    There are no "fixed" margins for DOC ODT DOCX files as it is paper / printer / template driven narrow might be 15 mm in one language or 1/2" in another take your pick and throw points at it by default there is no offset one side or the other both sides the same to start
    – KJO
    May 25, 2019 at 10:44
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    Possible duplicate of Making a LaTeX document appear as though it were typeset in MS Word
    – siracusa
    May 25, 2019 at 10:59

2 Answers 2


The standard margins for Word, for A4 pages are 2.5 cm for each side.


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    Are you sure? I thought it's 1 inch which is very similar but not the same.
    – geras
    May 27, 2019 at 10:51
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    @geras I had added proof in the answer. The interface is in Romanian. May 27, 2019 at 11:56
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    Having 2.5 cm for you as default doesn't mean it's 2.5 cm in all regions. May 27, 2019 at 12:18
  • No. Technically, everybody can make their own standards, regardless of regions. May 27, 2019 at 13:07
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    @BogdanDoicin, your answer won't work in the US because we have no idea what cm is. :-) (only kidding)
    – fixer1234
    May 27, 2019 at 20:05

I can't speak to change over time or regions but for all the people looking at this from the US or in settings where they'll be sending things to the US, the current version of Word defaults to
1 inch (~25.4 mm) top and bottom margins and
1¼ inch (~31.75 mm) right and left margins.
You can change that setting in Layout > Margins.

normal margins for US editions of recent MS Word

In business settings where it might cost time, money, and/or jobs if whatever you send disappears because of setting disagreements, the normal kludge is to export the file in .pdf format, send that, and assume they're bright enough to remember to print with Shrink to Fit, Shrink Oversize Pages, &c. You can also try sending unimportant documents first, seeing what happens to them, and adjusting as necessary.

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