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MS Word Help

GW Resources

Lynda.com: Available campus-wide

IT Support Center 24/7: (202) 994-4948

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 be affected.


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.

Updating the Table of Contents

Embedding Fonts: Word 2010 ; Word 2016

Convert Word Document to PDF

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)

University of Pittsburgh

Microsoft.com:  Word Help for PCs and Macs



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