Listed below are some common requirements for formatting your assignments.
The sections below will demonstrate how to change each of these settings.
Note: Your tutor will specify the individual requirements for your assignment. If you are unsure about what exactly is required, make sure you check with them before submission.
Your tutor will usually require your name and student ID to be a header across the top, or a footer at the bottom of each of your pages. To insert your name and ID on each page, follow the steps below.
To add a page number, again go to the Insert tab.
To change the format of your page numbers, go to the Insert tab
To add your page number and header/footer on the same line, follow these instructions:
Note: If you need to make further changes to the position of the page number, click in front of the number and press the Tab key to move it to the right, or the Backspace key to move it to the left.
The playlist below covers each of the three topics above.
To change the formatting of your page numbers between different sections of your assignment, you will need to insert section breaks.
Note: You can check if your section break inserted correctly by showing your paragraph marks, which is this symbol in the Home tab.
Next, you’ll need to break the link between your sections, so that you can format them independently.
Note: If you only want to remove the page number and header/footer on the first page, you will not need to add section breaks. Instead, double-click into the footer of the first page and select “Different first page” under the Design tab. Your header, footer and page numbers will be removed from the first page, and you can re-add them in the format you need.
Check your assignment guidelines carefully to see whether your tutor has specified the margin size for your assignment. For this example, we’ll assume the requirement is 2.5cm on all sides.
Most of your changes to your font can be done in the Home tab, within the Font box.
In the image below, we have highlighted the areas you can edit your font size (e.g. 12), type (e.g. Times New Roman), emphasis (e.g. bold or italics) and colour (of the text or highlighted background).
Styles store the formatting settings you use frequently, so that you can be consistent in your headings and body text.
You should be able to see the default styles in the Home tab. You can use these styles as they are, modify them, or create your own. To use an existing style, type some text, highlight it, and then select the style you want to change it to (such as Heading 1).
The ‘Normal’ style is the default style of Word. You’ll notice that when you press Enter to get to a new line, the style will revert back to Normal. Keep this in mind when adding text to your assignment.
If you like the look of an existing style, but just want to change it a little bit, you can do so by modifying it.
Now, whenever you add a Heading 1 style, it will automatically be formatted with your changes. Word will also automatically update the style throughout your document if you make any further modifications.
To create a new style, follow steps 1 and 2, above. Then,
First lines are usually indented to indicate the start of a new paragraph. A hanging indent is used commonly for reference lists (such as APA style).