MLA Format Set-up

Steps to set your paper up with correct MLA format:

  • Margins – should be correct (1 inch all around) in default unless you are using MSWord older than 2007
  • Font – default of Calibri 11 is fine.  You may also choose Arial 11 or Times New Roman 12.  (NO ARIAL 12!!)
  • Spacing
    1. Open the paragraph drop-down tab
    2. Change the spacing to DOUBLE
    3. Change the “after” spacing to ZERO
    4. Save these settings
  • Page numbers
    1. Click in the header area at the top of the page
    2. Choose top of page – right hand side
    3. Leave the page number there, but add YOUR last name & a space before the number “1”
    4. Click back outside the header
  • Top info
    1. At top left type YOUR NAME – enter
    2. Teacher’s name (Mrs. Connolly) – enter
    3. Course name (English ___) – enter
    4. Date (number month and year)  Ex. 8 September 2016 -enter
  • Title
    1. Click the centering option
    2. Type your title  – USE appropriate title capitalization and standard font – enter
  • Typing the paper
    1. Click the left align button to move back to the left
    2. Use the TAB button to indent this paragraph (and every other one)
    3. Start typing your paper

TIP:  You can set this format up for this class, use the SAVE AS option (name it MLAtemplate), and then open it each time you start a new paper with the format all set up and ready to go.  Just be sure to change the document name when you save again to reflect the piece you happen to be working on.

See the Purdue OWL to clarify any of the above info.