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Basic APA Paragraph Set Up In Word

APA requires paragraphs to be double spaced, without extra space between paragraphs. Open up a Word document. Go to the Home tab. Click on the small arrow of Paragraph. Paragraphs begin with a 0.5″ indent on the left side. Spacing before and after is 0″.

How to set up paragraphs in Word 2010, 2007, and 2003 are below:

Word 2010

On the Indents and Spacing Tab:

General

Alignment: Left

Outline Level: Body Text

Indention

Left: 0″

Right: 0″

Special: First line: 0.5″

Spacing

Before: 0 pt

After: 0 pt

Line spacing: Double

Check-Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style.

Set as Default

Click OK

The reference section should be:

On the Indents and Spacing Tab:

General

Alignment: Left

Outline Level: Body Text

Indention

Left: 0″

Right: 0″

Special: Hanging: 0.5″

Spacing

Before: 0 pt

After: 0 pt

Line spacing: Double

Check-Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style.

Set as Default

Click OK

Word 2007

Home

Paragraph (Look for the tiny arrow at the bottom right, click there) 

On the Indents and Spacing Tab:

General

Alignment: Left

Outline Level: Body Text

Indention

Left: 0″

Right: 0″

Special: First line: 0.5″

Spacing

Before: 0 pt

After: 0 pt

Line spacing: Double

Check-Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style.

Set as Default

Click OK

The reference section should be:

On the Indents and Spacing Tab:

General

Alignment: Left

Outline Level: Body Text

Indention

Left: 0″

Right: 0″

Special: Hanging: 0.5″

Spacing

Before: 0 pt

After: 0 pt

Line spacing: Double

Check-Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style.

Set as Default

Click OK

Word 2003

Format

Paragraph

On the Indents and Spacing Tab:

General

Alignment: Left

Outline Level: Body Text

Indention

Left: 0″

Right: 0″

Special: First line: 0.5″

Spacing

Before: 0 pt

After: 0 pt

Line spacing: Double

Check-Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style.

Set as Default

Click OK

The reference section should be:

On the Indents and Spacing Tab:

General

Alignment: Left

Outline Level: Body Text

Indention

Left: 0″

Right: 0″

Special: Hanging: 0.5″

Spacing

Before: 0 pt

After: 0 pt

Line spacing: Double

Check-Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style.

Set as Default

Click OK