Section 1: Introduction
Welcome to Managing Long Documents in Microsoft Word.
This topic will describe a series of procedures using Microsoft Word’s features to prepare a long document. While there are other ways of preparing a long document, the procedure described here is one of the easiest to grasp, will save you time in the long run, and will help you to develop some good practices when working in Microsoft-Word.
Note that the version of MS-Word used in this program is Microsoft Word 2013. From this point, Microsoft Word shall be referred to as MS-Word.
What do you need to know to complete this topic?
Several assumptions have been made about your current abilities to use MS-Word.
These include your ability to:
- start the MS-Word application,
- create a new document,
- carry out basic formatting,
- save your document, and
- make back-up copies of your document.
Follow the link provided if you need help with any of these procedures: https://support.office.com/en-us/word
What is considered to be a long document?
There is no definition of what is considered to be a long document, but it is usually a document containing several sections such as title page, executive summary, acknowledgements, table of contents, content pages with headings and subheadings, references and appendixes. It could be documents such as a report, essay or thesis.
This program will go through the process of setting up a typical research thesis document. You can look at what you will finally produce if you follow all of the instruction in this program by going to the Sample Thesis Document link on the right-hand side of this page.
What will be covered?
This topic will cover:
- Setting up styles
- Preparing sections and section breaks
- Page numbering and changing number formats in different sections
- Creating a table of contents
- Line and paragraph spacing
- Adding a landscape section
- Inserting bookmarks and cross-reference, and
- Character spacing.
Follow the link to view ‘Introduction’ pdf version.
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