This section contains resources specific to the Capstone Studies templates at Walden University. All other resources typical to MS Word (e.g. margins, headings) are located via the navigation on the left-hand navigation.
Please note that this website contains resources specific to using the tools, features, and functions in MS Word. For APA formatting support, please visit the Walden University Writing Center for additional information on Walden and APA-formatting guidelines.
As a Capstone student, you will need to know how to change page numbers in one section without affecting the pagination in other, separate sections.
Dot leaders are used between tab stops in tables of contents to help make this portion of your paper easier for the reader to follow. Essentially, dot leaders are the ellipses placed between the title of a section and the page number where the section begins. When auto-generating a table of contents, MS Word will insert these for you.
Page breaks and section breaks are used to separate sections of a paper automatically. This ensures that in the future, you can edit and adjust the content of a paper without ruining the formatting of the sections.
To publish your manuscript, you have to insert page numbers correctly on all pages. Sometimes, a table is too wide to fit on one page formatted in the portrait orientation typical in doctoral manuscripts, but it could fit on one page formatted in landscape orientation. Changing the orientation of your paper might affect your page numbers, so you need use a different method to format your page numbers.
Word allows you to automatically insert tables of contents (TOCs) into longer documents.
• The dissertation and doctoral study templates available on the Writing Center website already have automated TOCs built into them. Do not change any of the field codes or heading styles in your dissertation or doctoral study template – if you change field codes or heading styles, then the TOC will no longer update automatically. Watch the template demonstration video for your doctoral program to learn more about how to use the dissertation and doctoral study templates.