Indents and Spacing tab
Select Justified from the Alignment: box
Select Body text from the Outline: box.
Choose First line from the Special: box
Type .25" in the By: box
Type 0 pt (zero point) in both the Before: and After: boxes
Select Single from the Line spacing: box
Make sure the At: box is blank
Line and Page Breaks tab
Make sure all boxes are un
the "Widow/Orphan control" checkbox. Make sure the "Widow/Orphan control" checkbox is checked. We will take care of everything else during our editing and preparation process.
If you've already finished your manuscript, and you're now wondering how to quickly reformat all your paragraphs to fit our requirements, here's how to do that in minutes, instead of hours. FIRST,
do a Save as on your manuscript's current filename and rename it something different, like "reformatted version of my book," or some such. This is a very wise precaution. In case your attempt to reformat turns your work into a complete, jumbled mess, you can always delete that file, do another Save as, and try again. Your original work remains intact.
Now, here's the quick and easy way to reformat your work. First, highlight all
of the text in each chapter, except the chapter title and any charts, graphs, photos, etc. You can do this simply by placing your cursor at the beginning of the text block, scrolling to the end of the text block, then holding down the Shift key and clicking your mouse after the last character in that text block. This will immediately highlight everything in the entire text block. Take extreme care at this point NOT
to press any other keys on the keyboard, except
the ALT key plus any other underscored key on the menu, such as the "o" key for the Format menu. Pressing any of these keys without first
pressing the ALT key will replace all of the highlighted text with whichever key you press. If it makes you feel better, you can use your mouse to select from the Format menu, as clicking your mouse anywhere on the screen while your text is highlighted will simply insert your cursor wherever you click the mouse and un
highlight all of your text. If you should accidentally hit a key while your text block is highlighted, you can hold down the Control key then press and release the Z key to undo that action. However, do NOT
hold down the Z key continuously, or it will undo all your recent changes up to the maximum number of changes stored in Word's memory, including the changes you meant