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Automatic numbering in my left margin.

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I created automatic numbering in my left margin in MS Word 2013 document.  The numbering is too close to the text body.  I want to move them closer to the edge of the paper and further away from the body text.  In other words, move them slightly to the left.  How do I do that?  I doesn't seem to give me the option in Line Numbering.
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Change your left margins by decreasing it. See this Microsoft Article for detailed steps on how to do this.
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@greyknight17's suggestion to change the left margin will work to move the line numbering farther to the left; however, to increase the space between your line text and the page margin, you'll have to increase the indent of the line to start at something like 0.25" or more.

On that same Page Layout tab, you'll see a box for Indent. The top part is for left indent, the bottom is for right indent. You could start with the default Page margin using the "narrow" setting. This would push the auto-line numbering to a very far left.
Word indent toolbar buttonsYou may or may not want to remove line numbering when you are printing your document. Line numbers might be cut off by the printer, if your printer is unable to print on paper edges.

indent example2
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You can use your paragraph indicators on the ruler to move everything or the tab buttons for the number list - don't forget to select the full numbered list though
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