How to Get Rid of Margins in Google Docs

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Welcome to my blog! In this article, I will walk you through the steps to remove margins in Google Docs.

Why Would You Want No Margins?

Before jumping into the how-to, you may be wondering why anyone would want to get rid of margins. Here are some common reasons:

  • To maximize page real estate – Removing margins allows you to use the full width of the page for text and images. This is especially useful if you are designing documents like flyers, brochures, or posters.
  • For full bleed printing – Print projects like magazines, photo books, or documents meant to be printed and bound may require a full bleed option with no margins for a seamless edge-to-edge print.
  • For a unique look – No margins can help your document stand out with a modern, full-width design.
  • To fit more text – If you need just a little more room to fit all your text, deleting margins can help.

The Trick to Removing Margins

Unlike Word, Google Docs does not have a clear “no margins” option. The trick is to set all four margins (top, bottom, left, and right) to 0 inches. This completely removes whitespace around the edges of the page.

Let’s look at the step-by-step process.

Step 1: Open Your Google Doc

  • Open the Google Doc that you want to adjust. This can be an existing file or a brand new blank document.
  • Go to File > Page setup. This is where you’ll adjust the page margins.

Step 2: Set All Margins to 0 Inches

  • In the Page setup window, locate the Margins section.
  • By default, Google Docs sets 0.75 inches for top/bottom margins and 1 inch for left/right margins.
  • Change all four margin values (top, bottom, left, right) to 0 inches.
  • Note that you must update each value individually as there is no “remove all margins” option.

Step 3: Save and Apply Changes

  • Click OK at the bottom of the Page setup window to apply your margin changes.
  • Go to File > Save to save your document with the new margin settings.
  • Once saved, you should now see your text extend fully across the page, edge to edge, with no whitespace margins.

Tip: I recommend toggling between Print layout and Web layout (from the View menu) to preview how your no-margin design will look in both formats. No margins have greater visual impact in Print layout.

Customizing Margins

While this article focuses specifically on removing all margins, you can use the same Page setup process to customize margins to your preferred widths.

Some examples of custom margin settings:

  • .5 inch margins all around
  • 1 inch top/bottom, .5 inch left/right
  • 0 margins on sides, .75 inches top/bottom

Don’t be afraid to experiment with what works best for your unique document!

Just remember, whatever values you enter for margins will be applied evenly to the full document.

When Margins Just Won’t Delete…

Sometimes, despite clearing all margin values, you may notice your document still has space at the edges.

If this happens, check whether you have enabled any of these settings which can also impact page margins:

  • Headers/footers
  • Background color or image
  • Page border

You’ll need to remove those formatting elements completely for a true edge-to-edge design.

Final Tips for No-Margin Documents

If you fully delete margins, keep these tips in mind:

  • Text alignment will still function normally, but justification may have uneven spacing.
  • Images and other elements can also be aligned outside the usual margin space. Position carefully!
  • Print preview is crucial to ensure page breaks still occur where intended without margin cues.