How to Change the Paper Size in Google Docs

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Google Docs allows you to easily change the paper or page size of your documents. The default paper size is Letter (8.5 x 11 inches), but you can adjust this to suit your needs.

Benefits of changing the page size:

  • Format documents for printing purposes, such as brochures, flyers, or posters
  • Optimize text and images for specific paper sizes
  • Fit more content on each page by adjusting to a larger size
  • Customize documents for international paper sizes like A4 or A3

Here are the step-by-step instructions to change the page size in Google Docs:

Access the Page Setup Menu

  • Open the Google Docs document you want to edit
  • Click File > Page setup in the top menu

Select Paper Size

  • In the Page setup pop-up box, go to the Paper size drop-down menu
  • Choose from standard paper sizes like Letter, Legal, Tabloid or common international sizes like A3, A4, etc.


  • Select Custom to manually enter a custom width and height

Change Orientation (Optional)

  • Below the Paper size, switch between Portrait (vertical) or Landscape (horizontal) orientations

Adjust Margins (Optional)

  • Edit the top, bottom, left and right margin sizes as needed

Save Settings

  • Click OK to apply changes
  • The document will reshape to the new paper size

Pro Tip: Set new sizes as the default for future docs by checking Set as default before saving changes.

Use Add-Ons for More Customization

For greater customization of paper sizes, use these Google Docs add-ons:

  • Page Sizer: Set custom width and height in points, inches or mm
  • Set A* Page Size: Select from A0 to A10 international standard sizes

Change Paper Size on Mobile

To change paper size of Google Docs on mobile:

  • Open the Google Docs app
  • Tap the document, then tap the 3-dot menu > Page setup > Paper size
  • Choose a new size or orientation

Key Takeaways

  • Access Page setup from the File menu
  • Choose standard sizes or enter custom dimensions
  • Toggle Portrait and Landscape orientations
  • Leverage add-ons for more flexibility
  • Mobile app also lets you adjust page specifications

Adjusting the page size gives you more control over document formatting for printing or readability. Experiment with the various options to find the optimal paper size and layout for your specific needs.

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