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Microsoft Word 2010 and 2013 for Dissertations

This guide provides information that will help you use Microsoft Word 2010 and 2013 effectively for your dissertation. Topics include: formatting page numbers, using chapter templates, footnotes, images, and figures.

Inserting Images, Charts, and Other Non-Text Objects

If you want to insert images, figures, etc., we recommend .jpg or .tiff files of 200-600 dpi.

  • While it is possible to copy and paste images into Word, we do not recommend this method since you may not be getting the highest-quality image when you copy and paste (the exception is a chart from Excel – those you can copy and paste).

Written Instructions:

On the Insert Ribbon, in the Illustrations Group, select the type of object you want to insert, navigate to the file (if appropriate) and click Insert or OK.  The Charts icon () will allow you to enter data and create a new chart within Word. 

A new feature in the Insert Ribbon is the Screenshot tool, which allows you to take a picture of any open window (Available Windows gallery) or part of the screen (Screen Clipping). 

Once an image is inserted, the Format Ribbon will appear, displaying editing and Text Wrapping tools.


Once an image is inserted, the Format Ribbon will appear, displaying editing and Text Wrapping tools.

Rackham guidelines say to not wrap text on the left and right of the image. In the Text Wrapping, be sure to choose either In Line with Text or Top and Bottom. Depending on what you choose, when you add a caption, the caption may end up in its own textbox.