MLA Format Microsoft Word 2013

by Stephen on January 13, 2014

This tutorial will guide you through the process of setting up Microsoft Word 2013 for your MLA Format paper. It is very easy and we are going to accomplish the following settings:

I. How to Set the Font and Size:

  1. When you first start Word 2013, you are placed under the Home tab (like in the image below), if not, click on the Home tab.
  2. Click on the font and select Times New Roman.
  3. Click on the size and select 12.

Note: If you already typed your text, you need to select all your text before you select the font in order to apply the text to the new font. To select all text, press CTRL+A (that means holding down the CTRL key, keep holding it then press the A key on your keyboard).

II. How to Set the Margins in Word 2013:

  1. Click on Page Layout => then click on Margins.
  2. Make sure the margins for top, left, bottom & right are set to 1″.

III. How To Create a Header in Word 2013:

  1. To create a header with your last name and automatic page numbering, click Insert => Page Number => Top of Page => then click on Plain Number 3.
  2. Now type in your Last Name and leave a space before the page number. Note: make sure the font is being set to Times New Roman and size 12.

IV. How to Setup Line Spacing to Double Spaced in Word 2013:

  1. Click on the Home tab.
  2. Click on the Line Spacing button.
  3. Click on 2.0.

V. How to Enter the First Page Information:

  1. Type your full name => press Enter.
  2. Type your professor’s name => press Enter.
  3. Type course title => press Enter.
  4. Type your paper’s due date => press Enter.
  5. Click on the Align Center icon on the formatting toolbar (to center your blinking cursor) => Type the title of your paper, capitalizing the first letter and all major words and proper nouns. Do not use italics, boldfaced type, underlining, or all caps to format your title. Do not type a period at the end of the title => press Enter.
  6. Click on the Align Left icon (to bring your blinking cursor to the left).
  7. Click on the Tab key to indent 1/2 inch to begin your first paragraph. Use the Tab key on every next new paragraphs. Your completed setting should look like this:

VI. How to Setup the Works Cited Page:

Follow this how-to when you are ready to work on your Works Cited page. The Works Cited page has the following characteristics:

  • A heading “Works Cited” centered one inch below the top edge of a new page. Do not bold or underline this heading.
  • No indent on the first line of each entry. If an entry runs more than one line, indent the subsequent line or lines 1/2 inch from the left margin.
  • Alphabetize entries in your list of works cited by the author’s last name, using the letter-by-letter system.

Immediately after typing the final line of your paper, press the CTRL key and the ENTER key at the same time to begin a new page (another method is to insert a page break from the toolbar). Your header with your last name and automatic page numbering should appear at the top right of your paper.

  1. Click on the align center icon so that the text is centered.
  2. Type Works Cited (do not underline, boldface, italicize, or enclose the title in quotation marks).
  3. Press the Enter key once to begin a new line.
  4. Click on the align left icon so that the text is aligned left.
  5. The feature to setup indentation on the subsequent line/lines is called Hanging Indent. To setup hanging indent, click on Home => click on Paragraphs => under Special, choose Hanging => enter the value By 0.5 (or 1/2 inch) => click OK to apply the settings.
  6. Now type your sources. If you have Internet sources, when you type in the URL, Microsoft Word automatically apply the hyperlink to it. You should remove the hyperlink by right-clicking on the URL => choose Remove Hyperlink.


I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Take care!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Sam August 30, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Thanks! Was very useful.


Rick July 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm

This is helpful


Kyle March 10, 2017 at 12:34 pm

This was very helpful, i will use it for my class project.


Kylie January 25, 2017 at 12:29 am

Very helpful. Thanks 🙂


zena September 19, 2016 at 2:16 pm

It is very helpful,
Thank you so much


Kayleigh Berg August 29, 2016 at 10:21 am

What do I do if the word “header” with a line above it is still below my essay?


Becky Brantley May 28, 2016 at 8:22 pm

i like it.


Gabrielle Jackson January 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm

Such a life saver ! Or should I say grade saver !


Javier December 6, 2015 at 8:34 pm

Helpful and easy to understand
Thanks much


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Joanna stephen September 22, 2015 at 8:41 am

It was very useful for my English essay. Totally behind in my college assignment.


Mike April 15, 2015 at 10:36 am

It’s very helpful. Thank you


Fahima rahimi March 5, 2015 at 5:35 pm

This was helpful and I liked it. I hope this work better for me.


Mike February 16, 2015 at 12:39 pm

This was helpful, thank you. I hope this works for my class or rather I hope I did everything correctly.


Del reed February 3, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Its been many many years for me as well, but got to write something.


Michelle January 21, 2015 at 6:51 pm

I found this information helpful due to I have been out of school for many years and haven’t written a paper since high school or even previous college years ago.


Anon December 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm

You spelled English wrong smart one


Michelle December 2, 2014 at 11:56 pm

I was dying to find something that would help, and this was perfect ! Thank you for saving my Engliush grade (:


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