Skills

  1. WYSIWYG, but you can show/hide formatting marks
  2. Goal: robust Layout — minimize work long term, maximize consistency and professional appearance
    1. Ruler Bar
      1. Never use tabs or spaces or empty lines
      2. First, hanging, left, right indents
      3. Tabs
    2. Line formatting
      1. Tab stops
    3. Paragraph formatting
      1. Indentation
      2. Line spacing
      3. Space above and below
      4. Widow control
  3. Styles
    1. CONCEPT: Cascading Style Sheets
    2. Paragraph, text, and other kinds of styles
    3. Assigning style to a paragraph
    4. Updating style and thereby changing all paragraphs bearing that style
    5. Putting styles on the Quick Style Menu
    6. CSS — what style a style depends on, the role of "Normal"
    7. Smart style naming
    8. Managing styles
      1. Cleaning up Quick Menu
      2. What styles are seen in style menu
      3. Copying styles into/from a template
      4. Best practice: develop a set of styles you use and make sure they are in your template.
  4. Graphic design considerations
    1. Text decoration
      1. Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, Proximity
      2. Extraneous punctuation
    2. Floating vs. inline objects
  5. Sections
    1. Orientation, margins, and columns
  6. Captions, Cross References, and Lists of Figures/Tables
    1. How to create captions
    2. How to refer to captions in cross references
    3. When are cross-refs updated?
    4. Recommendation: create styles for Table Titles and for Figure Captions. Then, when creating List of Tables and List of Figures, use the Options dialog to specify that lists should be based on items with these styles.
  7. Headers and Footers
    1. First page different, left/right header/footer
    2. Using fields to automate
  8. Watermarks
  9. Inserting graphics
    1. The different kinds of pastes
    2. Floating vs. inline with text and other layout options
  10. Tables
    1. Converting text to table and vice versa
    2. Copy & paste from Excel
    3. Formatting
    4. Using table styles
  11. Nomenclature for charts and tables
  12. Footnotes, references, and bibliographies
    1. MS Word footnotes and endnotes
    2. Zotero
    3. MS Word reference manager

Instructions

Open the unformatted template file
Cover page formatting and styles.
Create standard paragraph style and assign to rest of document.
Go through entire document and assign heading styles to headings
On first page of report body customize heading styles and update styles.
On first page of report create Quote style and Continuation Paragraph Style
Find first figure in text. Format just right (centering and with space above and below). Create a Figure style and assign it to other figures.
On first figure add a caption. Adjust formatting and create a style called "Figure Caption"
Insert a cross reference to the figure in nearby text.
Insert section breaks between all major parts of paper (cover, copyright, table of contents, body, appendix, bibliography)

ThesisTemplate.docx

ThesisTemplate-noformat.docx