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MS Word Template Instructions - Mac

MS Word Template Instructions - Mac

This tutorial is a concise introduction to using the Application Support Center's MS Word ETD Formatting Template.
Documentation on how the Template works    (Back to Top)
There are multiple ways of getting information on how to use the formatting templates. Each one is in a different medium with a unique level of detail:
  • This tutorial
  • A Help Desk ASC hosted ETD Workshop
  • A personal visit with an ASC Consultant
Please make sure you read this document thoroughly, attend an ETD Workshop, or sit down with an ASC Consultant in the Application Support Center. There are several things you should be aware of before you include your text in the template, and understanding how the template works will make your thesis/dissertation formatting experience much less stressful.
If at any time you run into difficulties in using the formatting templates, feel free to view one of our online tutorials or contact us via e-mail at If necessary, we can make an appointment to consult with you regarding any technical challenges you may be having.
Downloading the Template    (Back to Top)
Click on the link to the MS Word Template and you will be asked if you want to save or open the file. We recommend that you first save the file in a convenient location. While PC and Mac platform do have some subtle but significant differences in the final output, the same Word file will work with both. We Highly recommend that you immediately open the template and "Save as..." and rename your template file leaving your original template unchanged. This will allow you to generate additional copies of the template if it should ever prove necessary.
Working with the Template    (Back to Top)
While the template is now in Arial Font, Times New Roman is still an acceptable typeface. If you prefer to use Times, make the Styles Palette appear.
To make the Styles Palette appear:
  • Mac Office: If the Formatting Palette is not showing go to “View” and choose “Formatting Palette,” when the formatting palette is showing click the triangle next to “Styles” to open the Styles Palette.
Scroll until you find the “Normal” style. Right-click (Mac users => “Control – click") and choose “Modify.” Change the font from “Arial” to “Times New Roman.” Click OK and most of the text will change from Arial to Times. (you may have to change a few other styles using this same technique. Select the Arial text and see which style is highlighted and modify the typeface for that style. We have based most of our styles on the "Normal" typeface but a few [page number and hyperlink among some others - sometimes] occasionally get stubborn.
The key to using the template is the application of MS Word "Styles." In the template we have created 16 custom styles that, in addition to making the text look correct in the document itself, allow Word to sort through the document and locate these styles and place them in the TOC, List of Tables and List of Figures with the correct indentation and spacing.
In addition to the creation of these tables, each item in the table is also linked to the corresponding item in the document which, when properly converted to pdf, this link is preserved and active in the final document as required by the Editorial Office.
When you download the MS Word template file, do not touch the TOC, LOT, or LOF. There is also a hidden {TC ABSTRACT} field in the first paragraph of the Abstract that needs to be protected (turn the show/hide toggle [Show/Hide is the button with the paragraph symbol on it] on so the paragraph marks are showing and you will be able to see it then).
Once you have pasted your text in front or behind the template text (NOTE: Do not replace or delete the template text until you have applied all of your styles to your document. If you delete all instances of the custom styles they will no longer be available to apply) you need to go through your document and apply the Chapter Title style to the chapter titles, the first level subheading style to the first level subheadings; Second level to second level and third level to third level. Apply the Caption Table and Caption Figure styles to the corresponding Table and Figure captions.

Updating the Table of Contents (TOC), List of Tables (LOT), and List of Figures (LOF)    (Back to Top)
Once the styles have been applied, THEN you can go to the TOC, control-click (PC users will “right – click”) on the table of contents (it should turn gray) and choose "Update Fields" from the sub-menu that will appear and your TOC should be re-generated with your headings. Do the same updating process on the List of Tables and List of Figures and you should be in business. Note: the Macintosh will make the links around the page numbers only. These links MUST be manually extended to include the text (full version of Adobe Acrobat is required for this) or the final update MUST be done on a PC. See our tutorial on Updating the TOC and Updating the LOF and LOT. These updates are critical. These are the first few pages the Editors look over and these updating details indicate your ability to follow instructions. If these basic steps are not followed correctly the Editors see no reason to continue to review 200 more pages and I can’t blame them!
These tutorials are found here: Under "MS Word Template Help."
Please let me know if you continue to have difficulties. Remember you're more than welcome to come in to the Application Support Center for a personal consultation at any time during our normal working hours.
The latest version of the template is the one currently available on our web site.
One area that often causes problems during first submission is the Table of Contents, List of Tables and List of Figures. Make sure you read our instructions for these pages as well.
We also recommend that you attend one of our training seminars on template use. You can sign up for them here:
While the thesis/dissertation process is very challenging it is our goal to minimize the problems you will face as much as possible. Knowing the Editorial Office guidelines before you start writing is essential to avoid unnecessary labor and stress. These guidelines are found here:
We are located in the Hub, room 224. By phone 392-4357 - Option 5. And e-mail at please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.
In working with the template, we recommend that you follow this advice:
  • Always work on a copy of your latest document. Every time you end a session of work on the manuscript make at least two backup copies of the document and save them to at least two different locations (Computers and/or Flash drives).
  • Always work with the show/hide toggle switch [¶ ]set to show. This will allow you to see the paragraph and section break marks. When inserting your own text, this will show you where the Section Breaks that control page numbering/margins are located. There is a Section Break (Next Page) at the end of each section. This is what tells MS Word that a chapter has ended and the footnotes need re-start back to the number 1 for the new chapter.
  • If you decide to cut and paste from another MS Word document, make sure you apply our styles to ALL of the text you include. This ensures that your formatting is in compliance with the Editorial Office rules. You chapter headings and subheadings will also appear in the table of contents.
Befor you print your document you need to update your table of contents. For detailed instructions on this process, please review the following tutorials:
Applying Styles    (Back to Top)
The formatting styles used by MS Word are what control text alignment, text spacing and paragraph indentions.
We have created 16 styles for the template. We worked closely with the Editorial Office of the Graduate School in programming the formatting so that it is in compliance with the Editorial Office's Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Requirements.
It is therefore highly recommended that you apply our styles to ALL the text you include in the subdocuments. Doing this will ensure that your text has the proper formatting, and your chapter and subheading text will appear in the Table of Contents upon demand, with the appropriate page number association.
To apply a style, first open the style pallet by clicking on the small arrow shown below, then click in the paragraphwhere want the style applied, then click on the style you wish to apply. (Note: sometimes special formatting in the paragraph; such as bold, italic, superscript, or subscript text will be re-formatted when the style is applied – check your text carefully after applying styles.
You can open a panel for the styles that will appear on the right of your document by going to the "Format" menu and choosing "Styles and Formatting." I find that it is easier to apply the styles from this list than from the drop-down menu. This is obviously a matter of individual preference.
Below is a listing of the styles contained in Version 8.4 of the formatting template.

Making Backup Copies    (Back to Top)
When you've completed your days work with the template, it always advisable to make a backup copy of your document. When you do this, there are several things you should keep in mind:
  • Have 3 backup locations. [ 1 on your computer's hard drive; 1 on a CD-ROM, USB Flash/Jump Drive or other electronic storage device; 1 on a departmental server or e-mailed to yourself.
  • If possible, save editable copies of all figures and tables you are using in your document - If you need to re-generate a graph in a different font how difficult will this be?
This way, if anything should happen to your primary computer's hard drive, you will still have something you can work with.
Final Printing    (Back to Top)
Finally, we get to the task of printing your document. If your document is in order, just open your file, make sure "Track Changes" is set to "Final" NOT "Final Showing Markup"switch to View - Print Layout and your document is ready to print.
While improvements in technology have reduced the need for a multi-file document template we still have it available upon request. If you would like a copy of this template or have challenges with your single-file document, please feel free to contact us at, visit with an Application Support Center Consultant in The HUB , Room 224 or call 392-HELP (4357) and ask to speak to an ASC Consultant.
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 Last modified at 7/11/2013 10:51 AM by Varvorines, Drake