Below are resources for using Microsoft Word for the Mac to format your thesis or dissertation. If you have suggestions for additional resources on this topic that we might add, contact Krista White, Digital Humanities Librarian, Rutgers-Newark.
Adding captions to your figures and tables is an essential part of many thesis/dissertations styles. The guide here applies to using captions in Word 2016 and Word 2011 for Mac.
You can create a Table of Contents either manually or by using Headings to have Word create the Table of Contents automatically after you've assigned those Headings in the text.
The IT department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst created a number of tutorials, including an excellent, PDF guide to formatting using MSWord 2016 for the Mac. Click on the appropriate links on the page for the tutorial and sample files. Be aware that templates and sample files are created using UMass Amherst thesis and dissertation requirements and may not match those of your graduate school:
This will, by far, be the most useful of the formatting skills you'll learn in MS Word. Use this to create sections that have different formatting from other sections. For instance, your front matter will be one section, and then you’ll have a section break that will allow you to format your first chapter differently than the front matter.
Styles let you set a template for the type face, paragraph spacing and other formatted elements in a document. If you choose to use the single document method, setting a style for your document will save you time and effort down the road.
Templates are an option if you want to create your thesis or dissertation one chapter at a time. If you use a template, every time you open the template, you will get the same formatting every time. Be aware that, when trying to combine chapters at the end of the writing process, there may be conflicts between the template you create for chapters and other items, such as indexes, front matter and tables of contents.