MLA Page Setup using Microsoft Word for Macs

MLA Page Setup using Microsoft Word for Macs

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Tutorial for setting up your paper according to MLA in Word on a Mac

In this tutorial, I'm going to talk about
how to set up a Microsoft Word document according to MLA guidelines while using
a Mac computer. So, let's get started. First of all, I would open up Word and see this very first screen. I'm just going to click on blank document. Then, the very first step to make sure that I don't lose any of my information is to
save my document. I will go to "file," "save as," call it something that makes
sense. Let's say I'm doing a visual analysis, and this is my first draft. And
then I'm going to make sure that I know where that's placed. I like to put it on
my desktop and then click "save." Then our next step is to make sure that our
margins are set. MLA requires one-inch margins all the way around. So on the Mac, you'll go up to "layout" in the ribbon and under "margins," you're going to click–in this case it's called "normal"–and you see that all four of my margins are
one inch. The next step will be to go back to the "home" tab. Most professors
require Times New Roman, 12-point font. That's pretty standard unless your
professor has a different requirement. I'm already at 12-point. I want to be over to the left, and then I want to make sure that I double-space my lines all
the way throughout, so I'll click on 2.0 for the spacing of the lines. Now we're ready to start the paper. As far as actual typing goes, you'll
begin with your name, then the professor's name, then the course, and
then the date. The date is written out as day, full month, and then the year. Then I can hit return. The next step would be to put in your title, and you'll
want to make sure that this is an engaging title, centered. It also tells
your audience a little bit about what they're going to be reading. Then I can
realign my text to the left. You'll begin your paragraph with the indentation by
pushing "tab." Those are our first steps. Next, we want to make sure that our last
name and page numbers are entered in the header. To do that, you'll start by
putting in the page numbers. On a Mac, that means I'll go up to "insert" and "page
numbers." In this case, we want it at the top of the page for MLA, we do want it
all the way over to the right, and we do want it to show on the first page. We can
click "OK" now. You'll see that my page number appeared. Now, to get up into your header and get your last name up there, double-click into the header, and go
right next to the one so that it has this box around it. Then type your
last name with a space. The last step would be to highlight this
text and make sure that it, too, is in Times New Roman, twelve-point font. The
text will usually appear in whatever the default was, so make sure that you go
back up and make that change before double-clicking back down into your body.
You're now ready to begin your paper!

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