I have not included information on the author's note, which is usually needed only for actual publication. Ask your professor if s/he wants you to include the author's note.
I have not included the five levels of heading, but only heading 1. Please see a librarian for more information about other APA heading levels. The wording of the headings in the template are for experimental articles. Your headings, depending on your type of article, may differ in wording but not in formatting.
Step 1. Open Microsoft Word. Go to the Home tab and turn on visible formatting marks.
Step 2. Ctrl+A and change font to Times New Roman, 12-point font.
Step 3. [Page] Layout>Margins to confirm 1-inch margins all around. (Older versions of Word do not default to 1-inch margins.)
Step 4. Ctrl+A>Home and set to double spacing.
Step 5. Ctrl+A>Home and click Remove Space Before/After Paragraph.
Step 6. Create a page break using Ctrl+Enter.
Step 8. Carriage return (Enter) and type your name.
Step 9. Carriage return (Enter) and type your school.
Step 10. Highlight that information only then center horizontally.
Step 11. Center vertically using [Page] Layout>Page Setup>Layout>Vertical alignment>Center>Selected Text. Hit 5 carriage returns (Enter).
Author note would go here. See page 24, 2.03 in APA Manual for more information.
Step 12. Click the Insert tab>Header>Blank.
Step 13. While in the Header & Footer Tools>Design, click “Different First Page” check box.
Step 14. Type: Running head: TITLE OF PAPER ALL IN CAPS
Step 15. While in the Header & Footer Tools>Design, click Page Number>Current position>Plain Number.
Step 16. Highlight the entire header and change font to Times New Roman, 12-point font.
Step 17. Place the cursor before the page number and tab to the right margin.
Step 18. Click in page 2’s header area. Delete the extra carriage return, then type: TITLE OF PAPER ALL IN CAPS.
Step 19. In the Header & Footer Tools Design tab, click Page Number>Current position>Plain Number.
Step 20. Highlight page 2’s entire header and change font to Times New Roman, 12-point font.
Step 21. Place the cursor before the 2 and tab to the right margin.
Step 22. On page 2’s body, before the page break, type: Abstract, place 1 carriage return. Center Abstract horizontally.
Step 23. Before the page break you would begin your abstract without a tab (or indent).
Step 24. Place another carriage return, tab once, and type: Keywords:. Put Keywords and the colon in italics, but the key words and phrases following it are not in italics.
Step 25. On page 3’s body, type the title of the paper in title case, and then place 1 carriage return. Tab once, type: Introduction goes here, and place 1 carriage return. Highlight only the title and horizontally center.
Step 26. On the line below “Introduction goes here,” type each of these then carriage return 2 times: Literature Review, Method, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion.
Step 27. Place a page break before the last carriage return using Ctrl+Enter.
Step 28. Highlight Literature Review, Method, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion individually and bold and center. Tab each of the carriage returns after each header.
Step 29. On page 4, Type References, place a carriage return, and then highlight and center References only.
Step 30. Highlight the carriage return after References and type CTRL+T 1 time only.
Step 31. Save this as APA template.docx. Open when you need to write a paper, save it with a new file name, and…
You will never have to worry about the basics of APA paper formatting.