•  How to Perform all the Settings Yourself:

    I. How to Set the Font and Size:

    1. When you create a new document, the default font is Arial and size 11.
    2. Click on the font and change it to Times New Roman.
    3. Click on font size 11 and change it to font size 12.

    II. How to Set the Margins in Google Docs:

    Google uses the default margin of 1 inch for all top, right, bottom & left so there is no need to change.

    If you would like to verify the margins, here are the steps: click on File => Page Setup


    III. How To Create a Header in Google Docs:

    1. Click on Insert => click on Header.
    2. Notice the font on the Header is NOT Times New Roman => change the font to Times New Roman and font size 12.
    3. Notice the cursor is blinking on the left, click on the Right Align icon to align the cursor to the right.
    4. Press the Enter key on your keyboard twice.
    5. Type your Last Name => press the Spacebar key on the keyboard once.
    6. Click on Insert => Page Number => Top of Page.
    7. Now click on anywhere below the Header line to close the Header.

    IV. How to Setup Line Spacing to Double Spaced:

    1. Click on the Line Spacing button => Choose Double.

    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:googledocs-firstpage-mla

    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.


    *This tutorial courtesy of https://academictips.org/mla-format/mla-format-google-docs/#2

Last Modified on May 17, 2020