Creating Headings on MS-Word

How To Create Headings And Subsections On MS-Word

This article gives a detailed explanation of how to create professional headings and sub-headings on Microsoft Word. In academic writings, proper use of headings and sub-headings makes reading interesting and enhances ease of understanding.

A numbered academic heading enables a reader to know the beginning and end of each section. Partitioning writing into Chapters, sections, and sub-sections is necessary for e-books, thesis, seminar writings, etc.

Headings on MS Word also help to enable easy navigation through the content of the work. One can easily point to a particular section when reading from any section of the page. It also enables the preparation of a table of content for the writing.

Creating Academic Headings And Subsections

To create an academic heading and subsection on Microsoft Word, the following should be followed:

  • Type the document and apply all needed line spacing.
Text document
  • From the heading bar on the menu, select more styles and click manage styles.
  • From the fly-out menu, select Recommend.
Manage headings style
  • Select Heading 2 and Heading 3 and click show. This will make the new headings to be visible at the heading bar on the home menu.
Select Headings 1 and 2
  • Click OK and close the style menu.

Setting Up Multilevel List

  • From the menu bar, select multilevel list and click Define New Multilevel List.
Headings multilevel list
  • Select “more” and proceed to set up the header multi-lists.
  • Under the link level to style, Select Heading 1.
  • Type in Chapter, and leave the number style in Figures (1, 2, 3…).
  • Change the font to the desired type. I recommend Times New Roman, Bold with 14 Font Size.
  • Under “following number with”, select space.
Changing the headings font
  • Select Level 2 and proceed to the format for the sub-heading.
  • Go to “include level number from” and select Level 1.
  • Under number formatting, add a dot and set up the Number style to Figures. This will enable the second heading to indicate the chapter and section number.
  • Link the level to Heading 2 and set up the font as desired.
Set Headings 2
  • Select Level 3 and proceed to the format for sub-content.
  • Go to “include level number from” and select Level 1. Add a dot and select Level 2.
  • Add another dot and Select the number to the figures.
  • Repeat all other above steps.
Set Headings 3
  • Press OK to complete the Heading setup.

As the headings set-up is complete, go to the document proper to indicate the different headings. At the beginning of every chapter, click heading 1. The heading will be automatically indicated.

For subheadings, click Heading 2. It will automatically number the subheadings. For the sub-section, select Heading 3, it will also be added automatically.

Complete headings, sub-headings and sub-sections

This article has saliently described how to add professional headings and subheadings to writing using MS Word.

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