This is a fast and easy tutorial on formatting the layout of your 8.5 x 11 inch book in Microsoft Word. The instructions below will put your manuscript in the correct format for an 8.5 x 11 inch book and they conform to Amazon’s KDP required formatting guidelines for an 8.5 x 11 inch book as well. Let’s begin.
Start by creating a new document or opening your manuscript in Microsoft Word, and then:
- Go to the Top Ribbon and click “Layout”, and then click on the tiny arrow in the lower right corner (Page Setup).
2. Once inside Page Setup, you will see a window with three tabs. Each tab requires adjustments. Match the items as they are noted in the diagrams below:
Paper Size Setup
3. Click “Ok” and be sure to save your document.
Once you have configured your document using these steps, your manuscript will be formatted for an 8.5 x 11 inch book. If you need further information on KDP’s guidelines, you can find them here: KDP Guidelines
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