Word 2013 provides several ways to format paragraphs and tables and to help automate formatting. Here some quick tips for working with alignment and formatting:

  • To apply horizontal alignment, use the buttons in the Paragraph group on the Home tab. Your choices are Align Text Left, Align Text Right, Center, and Justify.

  • You can indent a paragraph at the left or right (all lines). You can also apply a first-line or hanging indent.

  • To indent the entire paragraph at the left, you can use the Increase Indent button in the Paragraph group on the Home tab.

  • To set other indentation, open the Paragraph dialog box by clicking the dialog box launcher in the Paragraph group.

  • You can set vertical spacing from the Line and Paragraph Spacing button on the Home tab or from the Paragraph dialog box.

  • To create a default numbered or bulleted list, use their respective buttons on the Home tab. Each button has a drop-down list from which you can select other bullet or numbering styles.

  • Styles are named formatting combinations that are stored in the template. You can apply them to paragraphs to quickly format the paragraphs with standardized settings.

  • Some styles are available on the Styles gallery on the Home tab; others must be applied from the Styles task pane.

  • You can redefine a style by example or by manually editing a style’s definition.

  • To access the document’s header and footer areas, double-click at the top or bottom of the page in Print Layout view or choose Insert→Header or Insert→Footer.

  • Use the tools on the Header & Footer Tools Design tab to insert page numbers, dates, and other codes in a header or footer.