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Thesis Formatting FAQs

Below are a few guides and videos to help you as you format your thesis.

add and customize page numbers

Learn how to insert page numbers and edit them.

Word for PC     Word for Mac     Video*     LaTeX      

Add and Customize Heading Styles

Using heading styles will help you make sure your headings are consistently formatted and help you set up your table of contents.

Word for PC     Word for Mac     Video*

Creating a Table of Contents

Learn how to create and update a table of contents using heading styles.

Word for PC     Word for Mac     Video*

adding leader dots to the table of contents

If you would rather manually create your table of contents, learn how to set leader dots.

Word for PC     Word for Mac

converting a document to pdf

Learn how to change a document from Word or LaTeX to pdf.

Word for PC     Word for Mac     LaTeX

combining multiple pdf files into one document

If your thesis stretches over multiple PDF files, learn how to compile the files into one document.

Adobe Acrobat

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