How to Choose Short Bond Paper Size in Microsoft Word

Paper sizes are important for many things, like envelopes, binders, printer trays, file cabinets, mail service, frames, and documents. Many items need to be constructed with the proper paper size in mind. The standardization of paper sizes makes this process more manageable.

However, it is important to note that the standard paper sizes differ depending on the location and the country. The ISO 216 system is used worldwide, but the North American system, which is slightly different and contains measurements that are easier to express in inches, is used in the United States, Canada, and the Philippines.

How to Set up Short Bond Paper Size in Microsoft Word

Short bond paper, also known as Letter size paper, is a standard paper size for business and personal correspondence here in the Philippines. The short bond paper size in Microsoft Word is 8.5 inches (width) by 11 inches (height). When setting up a new document in Microsoft Word, the default paper size is set to short bond paper. When you create a new document, it will automatically be set to the correct size for printing on letter-size paper.

It is essential to check the paper size settings in Microsoft Word to make sure that your document will print correctly on letter-size paper. To do this, go to the “Page Layout” tab, and click on “Size.” This will bring up a drop-down menu where you can select the appropriate paper size for your document.

check paper size

If the default setting in Microsoft Word is not for short bond paper or the Legal size paper option is unavailable, you can manually set the paper size. Configure it by selecting Layout>Size> More Paper Sizes.

A page setup window will be available. Click the Paper tab, then use the drop-down button. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the list and select Custom size. Set the paper width to 21.59 cm and the height to 27.94 cm.

manually change the paper size

Besides setting the paper size, it is very important to make sure that your document is aligned correctly and that the margins are set correctly. This can be done by going to the “Page Layout” tab and clicking on “Margins.” From there, you can adjust the margins to ensure that your document will fit correctly on a short bond paper.


In conclusion, the standard size of short bond paper in Microsoft Word is 8.5 inches by 11 inches, but it can be different based on location. It’s important to check your paper size and margin settings before printing to ensure your document will fit correctly on Letter size paper.

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