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tinntinnabulation
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2004 7:17 pm    Post subject: what is the gutter position
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Can anyone enlighten me as to what exactly a gutter position is in Word? What
does it do/affect the format of a document?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 2:20 am    Post subject: Re: what is the gutter position [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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For the most part, the gutter setting is for the convenience of the
arithmetic-impaired. When you are setting up a document that is to be bound,
you can specify a gutter amount that will be added to the left or (if you
have enabled "Mirror margins") inside margin. The exact same thing can be
accomplished by adding the same amount to the left or inside margin
yourself. For a case when it can be useful in helping you to visualize the
resulting document, see
http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/Formatting/BookletPrinting.htm

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 > Can anyone enlighten me as to what exactly a gutter position is in Word?
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 > does it do/affect the format of a document?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 3:20 am    Post subject: Re: what is the gutter position [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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On Mon, 6 Dec 2004 13:17:03 -0800, "tinntinnabulation"
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 >Can anyone enlighten me as to what exactly a gutter position is in Word? What
 >does it do/affect the format of a document?

In general publishing, a gutter is an extra amount of margin at the
binding edge of the page, to allow for the fact that most binding
methods don't allow the pages to lie flat when the book is open. The
left margin is measured from the gutter, not from the page edge.

Setting a gutter is also useful for printing pages that will be
punched for a three-ring binder or spiral or GBC binding, to make sure
the holes don't go into the text area.

Probably the best way to appreciate the effect is to watch the preview
picture in the File > Page Setup dialog as you change the settings.
First set the 'Gutter' measurement to a nonzero value (0.75 to 1 inch
is typical). The preview picture shows the gutter as a cross-hatched
area.

Now set the Multiple Pages dropdown to Mirror margins and notice how
the gutter is on the left for odd-numbered pages, and on the right for
even-numbered pages -- correct for when you print both sides of the
sheet and then bind them.

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