Open a word document. On the Home tab, click on the paragraph symbol (¶), which is the Show/Hide Formatting Marks button. Now, whenever you press enter, tab, or space, symbols for each will appear.
On the Layout tab, go to Margins. One inch (1") or 2,54 cm is the default option, but older versions of Word may have different default margins. If you need to change your margins, you can use one of the presets, or go to Custom Margins and change the margins to 1" (inch) or 2,54cm for the top, bottom, left, and right.
On the Home tab, choose one of the several potential options:
On the Home tab go to Paragraph. Click the arrow.
On the Home tab, go to alignment. Check that the text will be left-aligned. It is the default option. Do not justify the text.
On the Insert tab, go to Page Number and click the drop down menu. Select Top of Page and Plain number 3. This will add the page numbers on your paper and it will appear on the top right of your page. Page numbers will continue appearing on the pages that follow the first page.
Once you’ve done that, you have finished with the general setup and you are ready to move on to formatting your title page.
If your instructor requires that you add a running head consult the General setup of the APA Professional Paper guide.
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