Printing A PDF From Microsoft Word With No Margins

Printing a word document with no margins sounds like a fairly easy task but it can be a little tricky depending on your settings.

  1. In Word file go to Page Setup
  2. Settings - Page Attributes
  3. Format for - Any Printer
  4. Paper Size - click here and then click on Manage Custom Sizes
  5. Click + to add new size - name it PDF borderless
  6. Click in the paper size boxes to make 8.5 x 11 (or whatever you need)
  7. Make sure Non-Printable Area says User Defined, and change margins in boxes to 0
  8. Click OK

Now all you have to do is print.

  1. Go to Print menu
  2. Printer - choose any
  3. Presets - Standard
  4. Click on PDF - Save as PDF
  5. Choose file name and save location
  6. Click Save
Posted on: February 8, 2017

14 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for this! People like you make our lives a LOT easier.

  2. I’m trying to do this with Office 365. It looks a little different.. how would I go about doing this?

  3. I am leaving a comment in appreciation for your guide. So glad that my friend referred me to this post. It was worked for me after so many failures.
    Thanks

  4. I have word mac 2011. I tried this but it does work. I must be doing something wrong.

    – Version 1 – The cover comes out with no border/trim but the rest of the pages still have the trim.
    – Version 2 – The cover comes out separate all by itself in a PDF and the rest of the pages are in a second PDF

    WTH… This is really driving me crazy

  5. This worked perfectly! I have been searching for a week and finally came across this. Thank you so much!

  6. Liz

    This worked until I updated Word last week, I’m on version 16.9.1 now. Anyone know how to fix this. It works for all sides of the page, except the right margin is a good .25″ cut off. We have borderless footers on a lot of our documents, I really need to know how to fix this with the latest update. Thanks!

    • Thanks for the heads up, I’ll see if I can find out anything about this.

  7. Thanks, Brandon. Clear and concise directions that saved me from a lot of frustration.

    • Glad to help! If any of my headaches can make life easier for others, my job is done!

  8. Hey Brandon,
    That’s a great tip you have shared. I was stuck with this while working on a book and couldn’t find a workaround. I was giving up hope and thought it is not possible in word and one should go into indesign. But then I chanced upon your writeup and solved the problem in a jiffy.
    Thanks so much.
    regards,
    artistraman

    • This is where my frustration came from actually. Since this I have been creating a lot of these more “artistic” documents in InDesign.

  9. I almost never leave comments on websites. But after a week of frustration trying to figure out how to make borderless PDFs on my new Mac, this information made my week! The simple instructions did the trick and now I’m ready to celebrate this important milestone. After all, having visually appealing documents – without borders – is so critical to my work. Thank you a million for this lifesaving tip!

    • You’re most welcome! Glad it helped out and saved you from some more frustration!

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