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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. It isn't intuitive how to do many of these things. Moreover, the University of Michigan-Dearborn has specific requirements for formatting a thesis and following videos or using templates from other universities may lead to more work fixing formatting issues later, after you have submitted 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. While designed  specifically for CECS thesis format using a modified IEEE style, much of what is covered in these tutorials also can be applied to or modified for CASL theses as well as CECS and CEHHS dissertations. Please make sure that you check the requirements for your discipline, program, department, or college regarding formatting and style guide to follow.

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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