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Formatting your dissertation/thesis

Formatting a large structured document like a dissertation or thesis is a demanding task, and many people find it more time consuming and stressful than they anticipated.

Our handbook and accompanying videos focus on key MS Word features and tools, which can save you lots of time, enable you to work more effectively and reduce your anxiety levels.

Handbook

Formatting your Dissertation/Thesis

This handbook provides detailed guidance to help you as you word process/format your dissertation or thesis. For the best results, if possible, consult it just before you begin writing up, so that you are working smarter with Word’s time-saving tools from the very start.

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Guide


Videos

Styles: Using the 'Normal' style

Styles are the foundation of a Word document. And it begins with the 'Normal' style. Change its attributes to suit the requirements of dissertation/thesis.

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 3.50 minutes

Transcript


Styles: Using 'Heading' styles

Apply 'Heading' styles to the headings and sub-headings in your document, and save yourself lots of effort. Use them to control the appearance of your headings (the font type, size and colour), to create an automatic Table of Contents, and introduce multilevel numbering to your headings.

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 9.55 minutes

Transcript


Using Multilevel numbering for headings

Want to introduce a numbered hierarchical structure to your document? Then add Multilevel numbering to the ‘Heading’ styles that you have applied to the headings in your document. For example, 1. 1.1, 1.2, 2., 2.1, 2.1.1

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 3.54 minutes

Transcript

Table of Contents

Let Word do the hard work for you. Once you have applied ‘Heading’ styles to your document, you can create an automatic Table of Contents with a few mouse clicks. Update the listing at any time as you continue to edit your work.

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 5.28 minutes

Transcript


Captions

Achieve consistent looking numebered labels for your figures and tables by using the Caption tool. You can save huge amounts of time and effort by then creating an automatic listing for them.

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 8.53 minutes

Transcript


Page Breaks

Why use them? Well, do you use the Enter key to make a heading appear at the top of a new page, only to find that as you continue to edit your document the heading moves up or down the page? Not with Page Breaks!

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 2.10 minutes

Transcript

Section Breaks: Changing page numbering

A dissertation/thesis typically has different types of page numbering in its footers. To feature a title page with no page numbering, then a series of pages with small Roman Numerals, followed by your main document displaying standard Arabic page numbering – you need Section Breaks.

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 9.59 minutes

Transcript


Section Breaks: Changing page orientation

You can change the page orientation within your document by using Section Breaks. You can then switch from portrait to landscape to accommodate e.g. a large image, and then switch back to portrait orientation for the remainder of the document.

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 5.14 minutes

Transcript


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