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Microsoft Word for Dissertations

This guide will help you use Microsoft Word for your dissertation. Topics include: formatting page numbers, using chapter templates, footnotes, images, and figures. Some screenshots may come from a previous version of Word, but remain relevant.

Modifying a Style

You can change the appearance of a style, including its line spacing, font, color, alignment… just about anything!  If you change a style, that change will affect all text in your document in that style.

  1. On the Home Ribbon, in the Styles Group, right-click on the style you want to change, and select Modify.  If you don’t see the style you want to change, click on the Expand icon to see a more complete list.
  2. In the Modify Style dialog box, you can make any change you want to the style.
  3. Click on the Format button in the bottom-left corner of the dialog box for even more options such as font, paragraph, numbering, etc.