Making an APA Title Page Using Word

The APA title page (also known as the APA cover page) is very important!

It is the first thing readers (such as your instructor) will see.

The first impression is the most important - make it count!

Catch the reader's eye! Make them interested! Look professional!

You will need to:

  • check (or set up) the margins
  • choose your font style
  • set up page numbering
  • enter the information.

You will look professional if your title page is formatted correctly in the APA style.

The reader will be interested if your title is:

  • short, that is, a concise summary of your paper
  • uses only words that help understand what your paper is about
  • stylish
  • hints at the result.

APA  (seventh edition) has two versions of the title page:

  • student version - for academic writing that is not to be published. Generally, this is undergraduate work, such as essays, reports, reviews.
  • professional version - for academic writing that is to be published (such as in a journal).

Consult with your instructor or institution if unsure which version.

APA Title Page - Student Version

Follow the Word screen shots when making an APA title page for the student version. 

Check the Margins

Make sure your page margins satisfy the APA format (1 inch or 2.54 centimeters).

The Word default is 1 in (2.54 cm) but check in case they have been changed.

APA title page setup (1 in or 2.54 cm) Word screen shot.Figure 1: Check margins (1 in or 2.54 cm)

Written Instructions for Figure 1 

The steps for making an APA title page with the correct margins are:

  1. Select the Layout tab.
  2. Select Margins.
  3. Check the Normal box is shaded. If not, select it.

The margins for your document are in the required APA format.

Choose Your Font Style

APA seventh edition gives you a range of font styles to choose from - see the list here (opens in new window).

The Word screen shot to choose the font properties for the APA style paperFigure 2: Set the font style for the APA paper

Written Instructions for Figure 2

The steps for making an APA title page with the correct font style are:

  1. Select the Home tab (if not already selected).
  2. Click on the diagonal arrow in the bottom right hand corner of the Font group.
    The Font screen (see Figure 2) will appear.
  3. Select your chosen font (my choice is Times New Roman).
  4. Select Regular for the Font Style.
  5. Select the Font Size.
  6. Select Set As Default.
  7. Choose whether to apply to the current paper, or all future documents.

Tip: Format your font (APA) style at the beginning, even before you have typed anything, including setting up the header. Everything after (including the header) will have the  font you specified.

Set Up Page Numbering

The Word screen shot to add the page number in APA formatFigure 3: Add the page number to the APA format paper

Written Instructions for Figure 3

The steps for making an APA title page with the correct page number are:

  1. Select the Insert tab.
  2. Select the down arrow in the Page Number box of the Header & Footer group.
  3. Select Top of Page.
  4. Select Plain Number 3.

The number 1 will appear at the right hand margin of the header. All your pages will be correctly numbered from now on.

Type Your Information in the Title Page.

Note: The title should be in title case. See title case rules if you need to.

I have shown the paragraph markers in Figure 4. They show the end of a line.

To double space a line:

  1. Select the paragraph marker.
  2. Select the Home tab, then the arrow at the bottom right hand corner of the Paragraph group.
  3. Select Double for Line spacing.
  4. Check Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style.
  5. Select OK.
Screen shot of the format of the APA title pageFigure 4: Format of the APA title page

Written Instructions for Figure 4

The steps for making an APA title page with the correctly formatted information are:

  1. Select the first paragraph marker. Set the line spacing at Double.
  2. Press the Enter key four times. This gives you eight blank lines.
  3. Type the title of your paper - Bold, Centered, Double Spaced and in Title Case.
  4. Press Enter.
  5. Type your name (first name, middle initial, last name), and any other authors - Centered.
  6. Press Enter.
  7. Type the course name.
  8. Press Enter.
  9. Type the instructor's name.
  10. Press Enter.
  11. Type the due date.

Note: Your instructor or institution may vary the information required.

Summary

Making an APA title page should be the first task you do because you will set up the margins, and the font properties for the rest of the document.

You can insert the title page at a later stage but you may have to redo some formatting of margins and/or font properties.

Best if you do the title page first - you can always edit the title if you want to change it.

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