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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


    January 8, 2023 Reply

    Screenshots would be real helpful. I have no idea where to find any of these settings. Yeah and now it is Offce 365 and of course some stuff has changed. Your page is top google search hit for “word zero top bottom margin print pdf” though 😉

      January 10, 2023 Reply

      I’ll do my best to get this updated. When you say 365 are you still using desktop app installed when you purchase a 365 subscription or are you using the online version through a browser?

    June 23, 2020 Reply

    Thanks Brandon,
    So glad to find an answer!
    I have just started using Microsoft 365 and my print settings changed.
    I’ve found that unchecking the following solved my problem.
    Page Setup > Print Options > Advanced > “Scale content for A4or 8.5 x 11″ paper sizes”

    August 24, 2019 Reply

    Thanks for your help, it worked but in another way similar to your steps, I have Office 2010 Professional Plus, from File / Printer / we will select Microsoft Printer to PDF option , then down of it we will find the settings/ I’ve choose A4 , and select 0 margins for all.. Best regards 🙂

      August 27, 2019 Reply

      Glad it helped get you where you needed to go and thanks for the info!

    May 9, 2019 Reply

    I had been struggling for more than a couple of weeks trying to find a solution. Thanks a lot for this Brandon!

    March 26, 2019 Reply

    Hiya, this doesn’t match up to the current version of Word and I’m really struggling to find information that does. Feel like updating?

      April 4, 2019 Reply

      Which version in particular are you having issues with?

        October 5, 2019 Reply

        I have the same problem. I am using Word for Office 365.

          October 11, 2019 Reply

          I will look into this as soon as I have some time and try to get the article updated. You are using Office 365 from the browser or did you download the desktop version supplied with it?

    February 21, 2019 Reply

    Thank you so much! This has helped me fix an issue on my dad’s obituary. MUCH APPRECIATED!

    December 6, 2018 Reply

    Thank you so much for your help! This solved my problem on the first shot.

    June 15, 2018 Reply

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

    May 10, 2018 Reply

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

    April 17, 2018 Reply

    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.

    March 22, 2018 Reply

    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

    March 1, 2018 Reply

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

    February 20, 2018 Reply

    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!

      February 22, 2018 Reply

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

    January 17, 2018 Reply

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

      January 31, 2018 Reply

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

    January 17, 2018 Reply

    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.

      January 31, 2018 Reply

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

    December 4, 2017 Reply

    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!

      December 20, 2017 Reply

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

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