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Microsoft Word: Formatting Your Paper

A guide to formatting your paper using Microsoft Word 2010.

Changing Fonts

College papers require an easily readable font such as Times New Roman or Cambria. Your instructor may specify that you use a specific font and size.

Changing the Font Style

1. If you have already started typing before changing the font style, select your text. Click on the Home tab.

2. Look for the Font options.

Screenshot showing font options

3. From the drop down menu select the font you want to use. In the example above, Times New Roman is selected.

4. In the drop down menu next to the font style, you can change the font size.

Double Spacing

Both APA and MLA formatting guides require you to double space your papers.

Double Spacing

1. Select the text you want to be double spaced.

2. Click on the Home tab.

3. Look for the Paragraph options.

4. Find an icon that has four horizontal lines, and two arrows pointing in opposite directions. Click the icon to expand.

5. Select 2.0 to double space your text.