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Quick Tips for Formatting in Word 2013

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.

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