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If you’ve been following along with our back-to-school series this month, then you’re starting to understand how valuable WPS Office can be for students. We’ve recommended that you use the final weeks before school starts to get ahead by learning more about the functionality of each of the productivity suite’s three applications: Writer, Presentation, and Spreadsheets.
To that end, your next summer assignment is to bone up on structural preparation to write essays and prepare other written projects for school. Structural preparation involves understanding the required style format for your various classes, as well as familiarizing yourself with the latest formatting techniques in today’s citations. While this may sound like drudgery, WPS Office offers tools to help turn this exercise from boring to soaring!
While English instructors will almost certainly require you to use a particular style and formatting guide for your papers, other classes may also mandate the use of a style guide. Some common style guides include:
If you’re taking several classes that involve writing papers on different types of subject matter, chances are, you’ll be asked by different teachers to use different style guides. This could be confusing if you have to reinvent the wheel each time you sit down to write a paper for a different class. For example, if your English class requires you to create citations using MLA style for your essays, but your science class requires AMA style for your science papers, you may quickly find your head spinning when trying to remember which style guide calls for which citation style.
Fortunately, you don’t need to leave these tedious details to memory if you use template formatting via the Writer application of WPS Office. Since Writer is fully compatible with Microsoft Word, let’s see what it might look like to develop two different Writer templates in MS Word that follow the required format for each class. Customize each template following these four steps:
The best way to learn the styles and formats required in your classes is to review your assigned style manuals. In general, the types of style guidance you’ll receive in style books includes:
With this in mind, let’s look at a few of the major formatting techniques and trending style techniques that you can use in WPS Office to effortlessly make style changes:
As you can see, taking some time this summer to learn the ins and outs of WPS Office can save you plenty of time and effort when it comes to writing papers this fall. Next week, we’ll guide you through some pointers about tools you can use to develop good study habits.