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Formatting Your Thesis with Microsoft Word

This guide includes video tutorials designed to help you get most of the formatting of your thesis correct the first time. Using these videos to format your thesis will save a lot of time when it comes to having your format checked.

Using Microsoft Word to format your thesis

Most students use Microsoft Word to write their thesis. For previous assignments, you may not have used styles, section breaks, rotated pages, a table of contents, an automatically generated list of abbreviations, etc. Some of these things are required for your thesis, others make formatting your thesis much easier, and others may be needed for your particular thesis, but it isn't intuitive as to how to do them. Moreover, the University of Michigan-Dearborn has specific requirements for formatting a thesis and finding videos or templates from other universities may lead to more work fixing formatting issues when you submit the thesis for the final format check.

This video series demonstrates how to use Word to make formatting your thesis easier while following the UM-Dearborn guidelines.

Note: Different versions of Microsoft Word were used in these videos. The first slide in each video will state which version was used. Most things are done the same in different versions of Word, but how to find some of the features might vary slightly.

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