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Applying a StyleModifying a StyleSetting up a Heading 1 ExampleSetting Margins
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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.
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  • Introduction
  • Getting Help
  • Changes in 2010
  • Tips
  • Video Contents
  • Inserting Footnotes and Endnotes
  • Using Images, Charts and Other Non-Text Objects
  • Inserting Captions
  • Using Cross-references

Working with Styles

  • Applying and Choosing a Style
  • Modifying Styles
  • Modifying Heading 1 Example
  • Setting Margins
    • Setting a Two-Inch Margin Using Styles

Automatic Numbering

  • Customizing Your Numbers
  • Outline Numbering in Appendices

Creating and Using Templates

Combining Chapters

Finalizing Dissertation Without Styles

Adding Page Numbers

  • Adding page numbers general information
  • Using sections to control page numbering
  • Breaking the connection between sections
  • Adding the page numbers

Landscape Pages

  • Creating a Landscape Section
  • Disconnecting the Landscape Section
  • Adding Page Numbers to the Landscape Pages

Automatic Table of Contents and Lists

  • Create an Automatic Table of Contents
  • Create Automatic Lists of Figures, Tables and Equations
  • Appendices

Commenting and Reviewing

  • Using Tracked Changes
  • Merging Comments and Changes into One Document
  • Accepting and Rejecting Changes

General Dissertation Resources

The following resources can provide you with more information about writing your dissertation

UM guide: Dissertation Resources

Online PhD guide

Word Handouts

This document provides information that will help you use Microsoft Word 2007 effectively for your dissertation. Topics include: formatting page numbers, using chapter templates, footnotes, images, and figures. Topics such as special pagination for the front matter or landscape pages and combining documents are also included.


Introduction to Word for Dissertation

To meet Rackham’s Dissertation Formatting Guidelines – as well as any set by your school or department – you will need to modify the default, standard Word document.  

This online guide is intended to show you how to use the tools to make the necessary modifications.  While we do use some of the requirements from Rackham’s formatting guidelines to demonstrate the tools, you must verify the formatting requirements with the appropriate office.


Help with Word 2010

Students, staff and faculty can get RefWorks assistance at one of our consulting facilities:

  • Knowledge Navigation Center – Located on the second floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library. Call ahead (647-5836) or e-mail to make an appointment.
  • Faculty Exploratory – Located on the second floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library. Call ahead (647-7406) or e-mail to make an appointment. (Faculty only)
  • TechDeck – Located on the first floor of the Shapiro Library. Stop in, call ahead (647-1926) or e-mail to make an appointment.


There are several Word for Dissertation workshops offered each semester – they are all free. Visit for more information and to register.

Word 2010 Handout

This full-length handout, which is used in the workshop, is available at: 


Changes in 2010

Although Microsoft Office 2010 looks very similar to Office 2007, there are a couple of changes:

  • The Office Button has become the File Ribbon in Office 2010. The File Ribbon contains such standard features as Open, Close, Print, Save, etc. In addition, this menu allows you to quickly manage Word settings (Permissions, Sharing, Versions, Properties, and Options).
  • Within the View Ribbon, in the Show Group, there is a new option to view Headings of your document in a sidebar. 
  • Within the Navigation Pane, you can click a heading to go to that location and move items by dragging and dropping. Note that only items with a “Heading” style will appear in the Navigation Pane (see Working with Styles).


  • Share your file(s) with your advisors using Tracked Changes (Commenting and Reviewing).
  • If you use EndNote to manage your citations and create your bibliography, use only one EndNote library for your entire dissertation (see
  • Use styles to control the formatting of your dissertation and create a template to use for all of your chapters. The bulk of this document revolves around the use of styles.
    • Set the margins including the two-inch margin for chapters titles (Setting Margins).
    • Define styles for Headings 1-3, Normal, Captions, and Quotes – these are most common; you may need others (Working with Styles).
    • If headings need to be numbered (for example, 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, etc.), define a multi-level list (Automatic Numbering).
    • If captions need to include the chapter number, define a multi-level list (Automatic Numbering).

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Faculty Exploratory: (734) 647-7406
TechDeck: (734) 647-1926
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