Microsoft Writing Resources

Writers commonly use Microsoft (MS) Word to write academic papers. MS Word is also the program that Walden University prefers students to use for written assignments and the program that the Writing Center's instructors use to provide feedback to students. As such, students will need to learn how to use various functions in MS Word to format papers and make editing easier.

The Writing Center offers step-by-step instructions for performing various MS Word functions, like fixing formatting, changing pagination, and creating a Table of Contents page. Additionally, the Writing Center has created tutorials to accompany these instructions. Similarly, the Writing Center’s blog often addresses technical issues dealing with MS Word.

Please direct technical support questions to the student support team at Because the Writing Center’s focus is on developing writing skills, it cannot help students troubleshoot technical word processing issues, so we also encourage you to browse the Microsoft's help website. For example, consult MS Word’s website for help saving a MS Word 2007 document as a file compatible with MS Word 1997-2003.


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Please find help for Microsoft Word at the Academic Skills Center website.

MS Editing Tools

Bubble Comments (handout)

     Video: Bubble Comments

Find and Replace Function (handout)

     Video: Find and Replace Function

Paragraph Marks (handout)

     Video: Paragraph Marks

Spell Check (handout)

     Video: Spell Check

Track Changes (handout)

    Video: Track Changes

APA Formatting

Double Spacing (handout)

     Video: Double Spacing

Hanging Indent (handout)

     Video: Hanging Indent

Margins (handout)

     Video: Margins

Pagination, Headers, and Running Heads (handout)

     Video: Pagination, Headers, and Running Heads

Paragraph Indentation (handout)

     Video: Paragraph Indentation

Capstone Document Formatting

Dot Leaders (handout)

     Video: Dot Leaders

Page Breaks (handout)

     Video: Page Breaks

Section Breaks (handout)

     Video: Section Breaks

Landscape Pagination (handout)

Table of Contents (handout)

     Video: Table of Contents

Software Information

The Writing Center created these  tutorials using Word 2007 on a PC.

Users with a previous version of Word may still find these tutorials helpful as many instructions are applicable for multiple versions of Word. Specifically, there are only slight differences between Word 2010 and 2007, (i.e., small visual changes).

Mac users may also find these tutorials helpful, but should visit Microsoft’s website for Mac users for further information.

For any further questions about Word, please visit Microsoft’s website.

Microsoft Help


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For more computer tips, check out the Writing Center's Tech Tips Blogs    

Make sure you are using the Writing Center's templates to make formatting your paper easier!    

Working on a dissertation or thesis?  Make sure to view the archived webinar "Using the Walden Doctoral Capstone Templates"