Word for Essays, Theses and Reports

  • Dictate 
    Dictate lets you use speech-to-text to author content in Word with a microphone and reliable internet connection. This feature is also available in PowerPoint. How to use Dictate.
  • Create and Apply Heading Styles
    MS Word offers pre-set Heading Styles to give your document a consistent, professional look. To apply a Style, select the text you want to format and select a Style from the Home tab. If you have specific formatting rules to adhere to, such as APA Style, you can create your own Style.
  • Automate your Table of Contents
    Once you have applied Heading Styles, Word can automatically generate a Table of Contents. To create a Table of Contents:
    • Put the cursor where you want the table
    • Go to references Table of Contents and select a table
  • Navigation Pane
    To go to a page or a heading in a Word document without scrolling, use the Navigation pane. If you’ve applied heading styles to the headings in the body of your document, those headings appear in the Navigation pane. Learn how to use the Navigation Pane.
  • Referencing 
    Did you know you can create a bibliography, citations and references in Microsoft Word? For more information see Microsoft referencing. This was covered in an IT Training Microsession, watch the recording for more details. Once you've used Word to insert a citation, Word can automatically create a bibliography for you. To learn more check out the Word for Essays, Reports and Theses Learning Pathway.
  • Need to add some flair to your next project or assignment?
    Microsoft offers plenty of templates to jump start your next document.
  • Speak text-to-speech. 
    Speak is a built-in feature of Word, PowerPoint and OneNote. You can use Speak to have text read aloud in the langauge of your version of Office. Speak is a great accessibility feature to help people who have trouble reading on-screen text, but it's also a convenient way to spell-check and review your documents without having to read them again. Learn how to use Speak.

Collaborating with Word

  • Create, collaborate and chat
    Once you’ve shared a Word doc, you can work together with other students at the same time. You can tell who’s working on a doc by looking at the icons with initials on the upper right corner. You can see each other’s cursors and real-time edits.

    When editing a shared Word doc in Office 365, you can Chat with co-editors in real time select the picture of the person who’s editing and then select Chat to quickly message each other.

  • Save a Copy
    The Office apps automatically save as you work. To avoid overwriting your original file, save a copy before you start making changes.

Word IT Training

  • Self-Directed Learning
    UCC's IT Training Learning Pathways has extensive MS Word training options, as well as tutorials on other Office applications. Learn more about Learning Pathways.
  • MicroSessions
    IT Training offer one-hour IT MicroSessions to staff on a wide variety of topics, including MS Word. While the live trainings are only available to staff, recordings of previous MicroSessions are available for all staff and students to view. View IT MicroSessions.

Student IT Services

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