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MS Word Help

Video Resources

LinkedIn Learning is a library of instructional videos that includes software training. Below are links to MS Word tutorials for PCs and Macs. If you are using a different version of Word not listed, go to LinkedIn Learning and search for Word 20xx (PC or Mac). 

Word 2010 for PCs

Word 2016 for PCs

Word 365 for PCs

Word for Macs

GW Guides for Troubleshooting Formatting Issues

These Word guides are designed to help with common formatting revisions needed to meet GW University formatting standards for dissertations and theses.

Check Page Margins (Word)

: tool for identifying formatting issues with page margins, tab stops or tab indents. 

: provides a visual of the page margins in your document.

Check Page Margins (Acrobat DC)

Ctrl + R: displays a ruler at the top and left margin of the page.

Page Numbering


Microsoft Support: Add Portrait Page Number to Landscape Page

YouTube Videos

Page Numbering and Section Breaks in Word 2016

Resetting Word Page Numbers with Section Breaks (Everyday Office 062)

Page Size and Orientation

: gives instructions on changing the page size to 8.5 x 14 inches (legal size). The illustrations are for Word 2010 but should also work for 2016. 

Note: according to ProQuest, oversized pages will be shrunk proportionally to fit the size of the printed and bound manuscript. The quality of any images or figures should not be affected. 

Line Spacing


: illustrates how to remove or add line spaces before and after headers in the front pages. 

YouTube Videos

Word 2010: Line and Paragraph Spacing

How to Adjust Line Spacing Microsoft Word 2016

Figures, Tables and Images

Table of Contents


  • Note: this information also applies to the List of Figures and List of Tables.

YouTube Videos

Word 2010 thru 2019 - Table of Contents - Setup, Inserting, Formatting

Dissertation Help: How to Format Your Table of Contents

Basic Information on PDFs

Convert a Word document to PDF

Before converting your Word manuscript to a PDF, you need to embed the fonts in the Word document. Embedding the fonts ensures that the formatting in the Word document remains the same when it is converted to PDF. 

Instructions for Embedding Fonts:

Word for Macs: Fonts are automatically embedded when you save your document. Due to known issues with converting Word for Mac to PDF, it is best to upload your final Word document directly into the ProQuest ETD Administrator, which will convert the document to PDF as part of the upload process.

Export or Save as PDF

MS Word Support: Convert Word Document to PDF in Project Desktop

Additional Resources Beyond GW

YouTube: Word 2010 Tutorial: A Comprehensive Guide to Microsoft Word

Microsoft: Word Help for PCs and Macs

Other recommended university websites with multimedia training guides for MS Word: the information may be format-specific to the respective university, but the basic principles for formatting your manuscript are the same.