MS Word Help
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Guides for Troubleshooting Formatting Issues: These word guides were designed specifically to help with common formatting revisions needed to meet GW University formatting guidelines for Dissertations and Theses.
Check Page Margins (Word):
Show Ruler: tool for identifying formatting issues with page margins, tab stops or tab indents.
View Page Margins: provides a visual of the page margins in your document.
Check Page Margins (Adobe Acrobat Pro):
As a PDF: instructions for checking the manuscript page margins as a pdf.
Ctrl + R: Displays a ruler at the top and left hand margin of the page.
Page Numbering and Page Orientation:
Page Numbering and Section Breaks: Word 2010 (PC)
Change the Page Size or Page Orientation: provides instructions on how to change the page size to 8.5 x 14 (legal size);
the illustrations are for Word 2010, but should also work for Word 2016. Note: According to ProQuest, over-sized pages will
be shrunk proportionately to fit the size of the printed and bound manuscript. The quality of any image or figures should not
Figures, Tables and Images: information on page margins for figures, tables and images; how to re-size an image.
Modify Line Spacing in Word: Illustrates how to remove or add line spaces your document.
Resources Beyond GW
Other university websites with multi-media training guides for MS Word. These guides may be format specific to the university provider, but the basic principles for formatting your manuscript will be the same.
Kansas-State University MS Word Training site (includes guides for Word for Macs)
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