It’s been a couple of weeks since I had the opportunity to teach at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. I also had the opportunities to meet with numerous attendees and discovered that many were unaware of how to set formatting in Microsoft Word.
If you aren’t aware, Microsoft Word is the gold standard when it comes to submitting things for publication. BUT, there are some basics you need to know.
SPECIAL NOTE: I use an Apple computer, so the screen shots I show you may be slightly different, but the process is identical.
First, set your margins to one inch all the way around. Here’s how:
- Go to the LAYOUT tab
- Click on MARGINS
- Choose the option of one inch for left, right, top and bottom.
Second, set your paragraph formatting:
Go to the FORMAT tab
Click on PARAGRAPH—Here there are several settings you need to check:
- Make sure the indention is set to 0 for left and right.
- Make sure the SPECIAL option is set to NONE.
- Make sure under spacing BEFORE and AFTER is set to 0 – Do NOT set it to AUTO!!!!
- Line spacing is set where you want, either single or double ONLY.
- These settings will make sure your tabs and centering on a document is consistent.
|Make sure SPACING is NOT set to AUTO!!!|
|Make sure the SPECIAL box is set to NONE!!|
Microsoft Word has a tendency to revert back to strange settings, so if your line spacing, tabs, or centering is off in a document your paragraph formatting is the FIRST thing to check.
I hope this has been helpful. I’m out of town right now, so it will be some time tomorrow (Friday) before I can answer any questions about formatting. Go ahead and submit them in the comments section and I will answer when I get home.
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