Posted April 28, 2009
Prepared by Mary Whisner
This guide offers some tips especially for briefs. For more, see Word Tips to Make Your Life Easier.
Note: examples in this guide are based on Answering Brief of Plaintiffs-Appellees Wausau Business Insurance Corporation Et Al. in California Insurance Co. v. American National Fire Insurance Co., 9th Cir. No. 07-35691, filed Sept. 9, 2008, 2008 WL 4658661.
If you use footnotes in your brief, use these tricks for inserting footnotes and for keeping cross-references in order.
See these tips.
Fine point: What if you don't like the default categories Word lists? For instance, what if you'd like your table of authorities to have separate sections for federal statutes and state statutes? When you are marking a citation, click on Category and you can edit the list.
Use Word's styles for your headings. This not only formats your headings, it also makes the table of contents a breeze.
Highlight the line you want to be a heading. Then select what level you want (Level 1 headings are the top layer of your outline, Level 2 are the next layer down, and so on.) In the Home tab, you can click on a level.
Or you can use the keyboard shortcut: ctrl-shift-1 for Level 1, ctrl-shift-2 for Level 2, and so on.
Here is what the sentences above look like as Level 2 and Level 3 headings:
After you have marked all the headings, you can create the table of contents:
You can format the headings with ctrl-shift-1, ctrl-shift-2, etc. Or you can use the pull-down menu by the font name.
Then to create the table of contents, Insert > Reference > Index and Tables … and then choose the Table of Contents tab.
You can format the headings with Command-Option-1, Command-Option-2, etc. Or you can use the pull-down menu to the left of the font name.
Then to create the table of contents, Insert > Index and Tables … and then choose the Table of Contents tab.