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Microsoft Word templates, troubleshooting, how-tos for grad students and others

A web space named Using Word went live this spring to provide training and troubleshooting resources for graduate students using Microsoft Word to write their ETDRs (electronic theses, dissertations, and reports). The site may also be helpful to other Word users at K-State.

The documentation covers the four latest versions of Microsoft Word — 2003, 2007, Mac 2004, and Mac 2008. It includes how to download and use the ETDR Word templates, plus instructions and tips on 14 topics, including:

  • Word shortcuts. General tips and tricks for saving time and navigating in a long document.
  • Word tips. General guidelines for using Word.
  • Styles. These hidden power tools in Word are especially useful when working with long documents.
  • Section and page breaks. How to use section and page breaks effectively. (Don’t press Enter!)
  • Tables and spreadsheets. Tips for creating tables in Word and pasting Excel speadsheets into Word.
  • Captions for figures and tables. Essential steps to add these features.
  • Table of Contents, and Lists of Tables and Figures. How to use and automatically update these features.
  • Page numbers. What to do if some page numbers don’t display correctly.

The documentation was created by the Information Technology Assistance Center (iTAC). K-Staters who have questions about this new resource or using Microsoft Word should contact the IT Help Desk, 785-532-7722, helpdesk@k-state.edu.

About Betsy Edwards

• Web/information specialist in Information Technology Services • Editor/writer, K-State IT communications • IT News blog moderator • ETDR specialist