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Dress up your Word document with page numbers, a table of contents and more

Anthony Domanico | Aug. 14, 2014
No matter how great your idea is, the difference between your business proposal and someone else's could boil down to the look and feel. A title page, header and footer, table of contents, and other elements separate a professional-looking document from a dull sea of text. It's worth your time to learn how Word's tools and wizards make such formatting easy--and keep exploring other ways to present your work in the best possible light.

Click the drop-down menu to select and apply a style, or launch the creation tool. Click on the selected style to apply it to your selected text.

Insert images

Images add impact to title pages and contents alike. Click Insert > Pictures or select Online Pictures from the Illustrations submenu. Pictures pulls an image from your computer's hard drive, while Online Pictures pulls images from Office clip art, Bing, OneDrive, Facebook, or Flickr.

When you insert an image, click and drag on any of the eight points surrounding your image to resize it. You can set text to wrap around your image. You can also add borders, artistic effects, and more from the Format menu that appears the image is selected.

Once you've mastered Word's formatting tools, you'll never be able to go back to the standard Blank document. It's amazing how even page numbers can make your work look more organized, and how well-placed images deepen the impact of your content. If you're a Word formatting geek, let us know your favorite tricks in the comments.


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