Formatting in Word 2010

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Inserting Special Characters in Word 2010

Once in a while, you might need to insert an unusual character or symbol into your Word 2010 document. For those special times, refer to the following table. [more…]

How to Format Characters in Word 2010

The most basic element you can format in a Word 2010 document is text — the letters, numbers, and characters you type. You can format your Word document's text to be bold, underlined, italicized, little [more…]

How to Find Word 2010's Paragraph Formatting Commands

Word 2010 provides ample tools for formatting paragraphs of text. There’s a simple way, for example, to automatically indent the first line of a paragraph. Word gathered some of the most popular paragraph-formatting [more…]

How to Set Line Spacing in Word 2010

Changing the line spacing in a Word 2010 document inserts extra space between all lines of text in a paragraph. Because Word adds the space below each line of text in the paragraph, the last line in the [more…]

How to Indent an Entire Paragraph in Word 2010

Just as you can indent the first line of a paragraph in Word 2010, you can indent every line of a paragraph. To indent an entire paragraph, you move the paragraph's left margin over to the right a notch [more…]

How to Manipulate a Paragraph with the Word 2010 Ruler

Paragraph formatting in Word 2010 can be confusing. A graphical way to manipulate a paragraph’s indentation and margins is to use the Ruler. The Ruler may be hidden in your copy of Word. To show the Ruler [more…]

How to Create a Basic Tabbed List in Word 2010

In any word processor, including Word 2010, the left tab stop is the traditional type of tab stop. When writing in Word, if you press the Tab key, the insertion pointer advances to the left tab stop, where [more…]

How to Create a Two-Tab Paragraph in Word 2010

You can use tabs in a Word 2010 document to form an item list in which the paragraph text remains in the rightmost column. Creating a Word two-tab paragraph combines both paragraph- and tab-formatting [more…]

How to Use the Center Tab Stop in Word 2010

Word 2010's center tab is a unique critter, and it has a special purpose: Text placed at a center tab is centered on a line. You can use the center tab for header or footer information [more…]

How to Make a Right-Stop, Left-Stop List in Word 2010

You use a righ tab in Word 2010 to right-justify text at a tab stop, allowing a single line of text to contain both right- and left-justified text. You've probably seen, but not recognized, examples of [more…]

How to Build a Two-Column Right-Stop List in Word 2010

A Word 2010 right tab may seem useless until you've seen one in action. If you want to create a two-column right-stop list in Word, you need to use the right tab. You commonly find these kinds of lists [more…]

How to Work with Word 2010's Decimal Tab

You can use the decimal tab in Word 2010 to line up columns of numbers. Although you can use a right tab to do this job, the decimal tab is a better choice. Rather than right-align text, as the right tab [more…]

How to Set a Leader Tab in Word 2010

Using the Tabs dialog box in Word 2010 to set tab stops is the left-brain method. And you can set a leader tab only in the Tabs dialog box (the Ruler doesn't offer this option). A leader tab produces a [more…]

The Types of Word 2010 Formatting Styles

Formatting styles are a traditional ingredient of the word processing stew, designed to save you formatting toil, and Word 2010 keeps the tradition alive. A style in Word is nothing more than a clutch [more…]

How to Use a Formatting Style in Word 2010

In Word 2010, a style is nothing more than a clutch of text and paragraph formats. You give the style a name, and then you use it to format your text in a Word document: [more…]

How to Make Your Own Formatting Style in Word 2010

You can make your own Word 2010 styles most easily by creating the style in a document and then basing a new style on your already formatted text. Use all your formatting skills and power to format a single [more…]

How to Apply a Document Theme in Word 2010

Themes apply decorative styles to your Word 2010 document, such as fonts and colors, which gives your prose a professionally formatted look and appeal. Word themes appear on the Page Layout tab’s Themes [more…]

How to Add Lines and Boxes to a Word 2010 Document

Adding lines and boxes in Word 2010 is handled by the Border command button in the Home tab’s Paragraph group and the Borders and Shading dialog box. (A line is known as a [more…]

How to Insert Columns in a Word 2010 Document

All text you write in Word 2010 is already formatted in columns — if it's only one column of text per page, it still counts as a column. Clicking Word's Columns command button [more…]

How to Create Bulleted or Numbered Lists in Word 2010

If you want to create Word 2010 documents that contain lists of items, usually more than two, you have several ways to draw attention to those lists, including taking advantage of the Word bullets and [more…]

How to Align and Justify Text in Word 2010

In Word 2010, paragraph alignment has nothing to do with politics, and justification has nothing to do with the right or wrong of how paragraphs are formatted. When you're talking Word, both terms refer [more…]

How to Make Space between Paragraphs in Word 2010

When writing in Word 2010, you don't have to press Enter twice to add extra space between paragraphs. Word can add that space for you, automatically: [more…]

How to Indent the First Line of a Paragraph in Word 2010

Do you suffer from the shame of manual paragraph indenting? Too many Word users — even those with the latest, Word 2010 — still begin a paragraph of text by pressing the Tab key. It's ugly, but it's a [more…]

How to Add an Automatic Page Number to a Word 2010 Document

Word 2010 can automatically number your pages. Plus, if you delete a page, Word renumbers everything for you. Insert a page? Hey! Word renumbers everything for you again, automatically: [more…]

How to Add a Header or Footer to a Word 2010 Document

You can add headers and footers to Word 2010 documents. A header is text that appears at the top of every page. It's contained in a special, roped-off part of the page where you can place special text. [more…]

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