Word styles: the most frequent formatting in degree theses

After getting to know the Word Styles, otherwise called the 7 assistants of the thesis, let’s see what are the main formatting used by the students!

Word styles. The most frequent formatting in degree theses

Generally each university provides indications, more or less binding, on how to format the text of the thesis or of the final thesis.

Then take a look at your university website and check for security if you have precise rules to follow.

If not, here’s a list of more classic Word Styles formatting.

Title. It’s the style you need to apply to the title of your thesis.

Formatting: character equal to that of the paragraph (or, if you want to choose a different font, it would be better to respect the three most used characters), body from 24 to 26, justified, single line spacing, space after 15 pt.

Chapter 1. It is the style that you will apply to your first level chapter. To be clear the one identified with the numbers 1, 2, 3 etc.

Formatting: character equal to the Title (or, if you want to choose a different font, it would be better to respect the three most used characters), body from 18 to 20, justified, line spacing 1.5, space before 24pt.

Chapter 2. It is the style that you will apply to your second level chapter. To be clear the one identified with the numbers 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc.

Formatting: It is based on Chapter 1, of which it generally acquires all the features. It differs in character dimensions, slightly lower.

Chapter 3. It is the style that you will apply to your third level chapter. To be clear the one identified with the numbers 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3 etc.

Formatting: It is based on Chapter 2, of which it generally acquires all the features. It differs in character dimensions, slightly lower.

Paragraph. It’s the basic style that you need to apply to the text.

Formatting: Times or Times New Roman or Courier font, body 12, justified, line spacing 1.5.

Bulleted / numbered list. This is the style you use when entering a list of items. It can be numbered or simply bet.

Formatting: It is based on the Paragraph Style, of which it generally acquires all the features. Its peculiarity is to have the left indentation first line (or possibly the subsequent ones) protruding by 0.5 points.

Quote. It is the style that is used when you report, within the text written by you, a phrase, a thought or a reference from another author.

Formatting: It is based on the Paragraph Style, of which it generally acquires all the basic characteristics. The changes concern the introduction of italics, the color (slightly lighter), the alignment of the body (in the middle or protruding by 0.5) and the size of the font (generally less than 2 points).

Header / Footer. It is the style that is used to insert any text in the space reserved for the header or footer of the sheet. Usually in this position you write the page number (to know where to place it, click here) or the text that indicates which chapter the current page belongs to.

Formatting: It is based on the Paragraph style, of which it generally acquires all the basic characteristics. The changes concern the font size (generally less than 2 points), the color (slightly lighter) and the body alignment (center or right).

Caption. It is the style reserved for the explanatory writing of the images (whether graphic or illustration). It aims to add textual information to the figure to which it refers.

Formatting: It is based on the Paragraph style, of which it generally acquires all the basic characteristics. The changes concern the font size (generally less than 2 points) and the body alignment (usually positioned below the image to which it refers).

If you have entered all the Styles in the right way, but need more practical advice, you can read our articles!

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