Follow the steps below to correctly format your document in APA style using Microsoft Word 2013. For additional help, download our APA templates:

APA requires that your papers have a title page and specifically formatted headers. To make a title page and headers, follow these instructions:

How to Make the Title Page Headers

Within a Microsoft Word document:

  1. Open the header area of your Word document. To do this, double-click the the topmost portion of your document.
  2. Within the Header and Footer Tools, check off the "Different First Page" option.Click Different First Page
  3. Click on the "Header" option and then choose "Blank (Three Columns)."Click Header, Blank (3 Columns)
  4. Delete the middle "[Type text]".
  5. Click the left "[Type text]," type "Running head: YOUR ACTUAL PAPER TITLE IN ALL CAPS".
  6. Click the right most "[Type text]" area and select the "Page Number" button in the "Header & Footer" section. For here, click on "Current Position", and then select "Simple Plain Number."Header parts
  7. Highlight the header text and page number, and change the font style and size to 12 pt. Times New Roman. Times New Roman font

How to Make the Title Page Content

  1. On your title page, hit the "Enter" key on your keyboard approximately 5 times so your cursor is in the top-middle of the page.
  2. Center your cursor (Ctrl+E) and add the following information:
    • Your paper's title
      • For example: The Effects of Carbon-Dating Technology on Dinosaur Bones
    • Your name
      • For example: Jane Smith
    • Your course information
      • For example: ENG 122: English Composition II
    • Your instructor's name
      • For example: Prof. James Lee
    • The date you will turn in the paper.
      • For example: January 1, 2018
  3. Highlight everything (Ctrl+A) and double-space (Ctrl+2) your title page information.

When you have completed these steps, your page should look something like this:

Sample title page content

 

How to Make Headers On Your Other Pages

  1. Scroll to the second page of your Word document.
  2. Open the header area of your Word document. To do this, double-click the the topmost portion of your document.
  3. Click on the "Header" option and then choose "Blank (Three Columns)."
  4. Delete the middle "[Type text]".
  5. Click the left "[Type text]," type "YOUR ACTUAL PAPER TITLE IN ALL CAPS".
  6. Click the right most "[Type text]" area and select the "Page Number" button in the "Header & Footer" section. For here, click on "Current Position", and then select "Simple Plain Number."
  7. Highlight the header text and page number, and change the font style and size to 12 pt. Times New Roman.
Header on other pages

 

The standard font size and style is 12 point, Times New Roman. Follow these steps to change your font style and size:

  1. Within your Word document, click on the "Home" tab.
  2. Highlight all of your text (Ctrl+A) and select "Times New Roman" as your font and change the size to "12."
Font style & size

 

Want to make 12 pt. Times New Roman your default font? Follow these instructions:

  1. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D to open your font settings.
  2. Select Times New Roman" as your font.
  3. Select "Regular" for your font style.
  4. Select "12" for your size.
  5. Click on "Set as Default."
  6. Select on the "All documents based on the Normal template" and click on "OK."
  7. Click on "OK" to close the font settings.

Double spacing refers to the amount of space between the lines within your Word document. For most of your college papers, double spacing is a requirement, and a part of APA formatting.

Follow these steps to learn how to double space properly:

  1. Select the paragraphs you want to double space. To select all of your text, use the keyboard short Ctrl+a.

  2. Within the "Home" tab, click the "Line and Paragraph Spacing" button.

  3. Choose "2.0."

Font spacing

 

According to APA format, your document margins should be 1 inch all the way around. To adjust your margins, follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the "Page Layout" tab
  2. Click on "Margins"
  3. Click on "Normal"
Margins