Answered By: Cassie Sampson, Education & General Education Librarian
Last Updated: Jul 12, 2018     Views: 269

APA's Publication Manual, section 8.03, mentions 1 inch margins as a guideline, not a rule.

To be specific, they say:

“Leave uniform margins of at least 1 in. (2.54 cm) at the top, bottom, left and right of every page” (p. 229). We recommend that you use the Page Layout -- Margins function in Word to set up the 1 inch margins:

In Word, select the Page Layout tab, then Margins, then Normal for 1" margins all around the page.


 Margines are drawn in at the 1-inch mark so you can see how the header lines up in an APA-formatted paper.

For more information on APA Formatting, view the Formatting page of the APA Guide below:


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