Technical Editing & Production



Styles and formatting

In the assignments you have coming up, you'll be expected to use styles within the document. Part of the book design assignment is to define the styles you used. This week we'll only be dealing with Word styles. Scribus also supports them, but we'll deal with those later..


Table of contents

Running headers

Page numbering


Widows and orphans

Page breaks


Universal principles of design

Microsoft Word styles

To Style or Not

How to apply a style in Microsoft Word

How to modify a Word style

How to format stuff

Set up a document with front matter numbered separately



Style homework       answer video

Table of contents     answer video

Section and running header homework      answer video

Scribus text flow. This assignment teaches you how to do something is impossible in Word.

Discussion questions


You are in charge of developing a document that has 8 people writing different sections; each person has written about 40 pages for a total document length of 300 pages.  You expect to do substantial revisions every 6 months. One of those authors has just sent you his section where all the paragraphs (including headings and figure captions, etc) are all in Word style Normal, rather than the proper style (Heading 1, Heading 2, figure caption, bullet list, etc).  (Probably the way you would have done it before this course.)  The author says he formatted them so they look just like the other sections that use the styles, so it doesn't’t matter, thus he see no reason to use styles.  Looking at the printed pages, you can’t tell he didn't’t use the styles like everyone else did.  What is your response to the writer?

Formatted with styles

Formatted without styles



Some of this formatting stuff gets rather confusing. If you have any questions, please post them to the discussion list so everyone can find out the answer.





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