page's size settings word 2003

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March 14, 2010 at 05:27:24
Specs: Windows XP HOME SP3, 2GB

I would appreciate if anybody told me what I have to do to set a customized page's width and page's height in Microsoft Word 2003. Whenever I try to change width from the default 14,8 to 15 cm and height from the default 21 cm to 21,1 cm with the A5 page size selected, it ends up not loading the customized size I choose and instead loading the original 14.8 cm width and 21 cm height. Does anyone what might be preventing Word from loading the size and width settings properly?
It is very strange because after trying to change the size settings this is what happens:

If I click on the tab to check the page's size then I just see the original size settings. Then if I click on the margin's tab and after that I click again on the tab to check the size of the page again, then this last time I will see the settings I chose (15cm and 21,1 cm). This kind of random thing happens but still I think the size settings which word is using are the original size settings.

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March 14, 2010 at 11:19:08

It appears that the dialog box that sets page size has some built-in latitude, so that when you set a custom size that is very close to a defined size, it reverts to that defined size.

Here is a way to set your custom page size, and from my limited testing, it appears that the document will retain the custom size.

Open a new Word document and click Alt + f11 (the alt key and function key No.11 at the same time.)
In the visual basic window that opens, look in the Project Viewer pane on the left (If this is not visible, from the Visual Basic window select View - Project Explorer)

Find Normal in the Project Explorer and right-click and select Insert ... and select Module (not Class Module)
A new module will appear under Modules, beneath Normal. This will likely be named Module1. Double click on it.
In the large window on the right paste the following:

Sub CustomPage()
With ActiveDocument
    .PageSetup.PageHeight = CentimetersToPoints(15)
    .PageSetup.PageWidth = CentimetersToPoints(21.1)
End With
End Sub

Select File - Save Normal from the visual basic menu
Use Alt+f11 to return to the main Word window.

Now add a button to a toolbar
Right-click any toolbar or the menu bar and select Customize (at the bottom of the list)
Select the Commands Tab and on the left side scroll down and select macros
From the right side select Normal.Module1.CustomPage and drag it on to a toolbar
Right-click this new item and click 'Text only in Menus'
This leaves you with an icon on the toolbar. You can right-click again and either select an icon (there is a page icon that you could use) or select the edit icon and design one yourself.

Click Close on the Customize dialog box.

Now clicking your new icon will set the active document page size to your custom setting.

If you are going to set various custom page sizes, you could modify the macro with two input boxes allowing you to enter the height and width settings required.

Hope this helps get round this unusual problem


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March 14, 2010 at 13:44:03
If I'm understanding you correctly, try this
On the Task Bar,
Page Setup
Select Paper Size Tab

In the pop up window, there is a drop down box labeled
Paper Size, if you scroll down to the bottom of the list, there should be a Custom Size option.

Select the custom size, and make it what ever you like.


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March 14, 2010 at 13:53:48
Just as a Heads Up
Word will try to adjust you back to an A5 size, just scroll down to Custom Size and click OK.


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March 14, 2010 at 15:30:31
Thanks Humar for your idea, it worked great.
Thansk Mike for you idea even though there is no custom size option in word office 2003 as far as I have seen.
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March 14, 2010 at 16:13:15

Glad to hear that it worked.

Thanks for the feedback



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March 14, 2010 at 17:46:25
there is no custom size option in word office 2003

I'm working with 2000 so I'm not sure 2003 will have the same options, but try this:

Open Word

From the Task Bar
Select File
Select Page Setup

In the Page Setup window
Select Paper Size tab
In the drop down box labeled Paper Size:
scroll down all the way to the bottom.

In my 2000 version, I have listed:

Letter (8.5 x 11 in)
Legal (8.4 x 14 in)
Executive (7.25 x 10.5)
A4 (210 x 297 mm)
A5 (148 x 210 mm)
B5 (182 x 257 mm)

several other various sizes
and further down the list is:

Custom 1
Custom 2
Custom 3
Custom Size

You do not have these options listed?


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March 15, 2010 at 01:01:06
Excuse me Mike, you are right, I have custom size and it works also great.
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March 15, 2010 at 05:54:26
Hi Mike,

Out of interest try this:
Goto Page setup ...
Assuming you start with the North American Letter size page (8.5" x 11.0")
Select the Paper Tab and select Custom.
Enter 8.6"
The description box reverts to 'Letter' despite the 8.6" width
Select Custom again and change the height to 11.1"
The description box reverts to 'Letter' again
Select Custom again.

Now you appear to have a custom size of 8.6" x 11.1"
Click OK.
Reopen the Page setup dialog and it shows the paper size as Letter but with the slightly oversize settings entered before.
Select the Margins Tab (or the Layout tab)
Go back to the Paper tab and the paper size has reverted to 8.5" x 11.0" !

My macro does not change this behavior, so I think it is part of the code behind the Page setup dialog box that selects a paper description if the sizes set are close to a standard size.


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March 15, 2010 at 13:40:57

As best as I can figure, you need to change the size by at least two tenths.

If you change a letter size of 8.5 x 11 to either 8.7 x 11 or 8.5 x 11.2 you can get the custom size to lock in, otherwise it reverts back to a normal letter size.

An undocumented feature of Word.


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