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Format a Book in Word: Graphics

By Colin Dunbar

Although graphic images will mainly be used in non-fiction books, you may want to add a graphic in a fictional book, e.g. a line illustration at the start of a chapter.

You can use graphics with many formats in your book. These include JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.
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Format a Book in Word: Tables & Columns

By Colin Dunbar

In a non-fiction book, tables are an aid to making information and data easier to read. Columns can also be used to help with readability, although it’s not common to have columns in a book.

If you do have tables in your book, the use of color will make a table more appealing for your reader, and help with readability. But color printing can be expensive, and could make your book unviable. Instead, you can use shades of grey in your table; this will still make a plain table more appealing, but won’t raise the cost of your book.
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Tell me what you need to format your book in Word

By Colin Dunbar

With your global settings done, lets take a look at what we’ve covered so far in formatting your book in Word…

Are you feeling good so far? There’s more to come, and soon you will be able to professionally format any book in Word, without the stress and aggravation.

Starting from the next post I will be covering things like tables, columns, graphic images, text boxes, etc. – the things that add to the “look” of your book, and can aid readability.

As it is my intention to cover everything you need to create a really professional book, I want to ask you if there is something that you want to know – if I’ve left it out in my outline, I will look into adding it.

What would you like to be able to do in Word when it comes to formatting your book?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Format a Book in Word: Headings, Headers & Footers


By Colin Dunbar

With your basic global settings done, we’ll now look at headings, headers and footers.

Headings are used to help your readers find their way around your book. They also help in letting your reader know what the paragraphs following the heading are about. They are especially useful in non-fiction books.

Headers and footers are used to show your reader where they are in your book, and also what page they are on (or where the page is they want to go to).

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