What is the fastest way to edit the format of a legal document using Word 2003?

Mandy Faith November 21, 2012

I edit and proof read Legal documents and need to know the best formatting tricks Office 2003 has to do document editing and formatting? Is there a way to efficiently format the entire document paragraphs by setting some type of template (customize a type of doc format?)?

  1. Aswin Kumar K P
    November 22, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Open a new blank document in Word.

    Change the standard letter size of 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches to legal-sized paper. Chane the paper size by clicking on the "Page Layout" tab. Under "Size," select "Legal."

    Change to the appropriate margin sizes if and when necessary. The top margin for the first page should be 2 inches. The top margin for all following pages should be 1 1/2 inches. The bottom margin for all pages should be at least 1 inch. The left margin for all pages should be 1 1/2 inches. The right margin for all pages should be 3/4 to 1 inch. Justification is optional. If you justify the right margin of your document, the margin should be 1 inch. Change the margins by clicking on the "Page Layout" tab. In "Page Setup," click Margins. Click "Custom Margins" and enter the correct amounts.

    Select a standard serif font type such as Times New Roman, Courier or New York. Serif fonts are those that have little strokes, dashes or hooks at the ends of major letter lines. Use a 12-point font size. Bold, italics, underlining or larger font can be used for text that needs to be highlighted or emphasized.

    Set and adjust the spacing as necessary. Most legal documents use double spacing for the major body of text; however, single spacing should be used for indented text, and triple spacing should be used after headings and between party identifications. The change spacing, select the "Home" tab. In "Paragraph," click Line Spacing. Enter the correct number or select "Line Spacing Choices" to choose from available options.

  2. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 22, 2012 at 3:59 am

    You can set one file as a template. Just choose save as Microsoft Office template.

  3. Jim Chambers
    November 22, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Lots of free templates available on Microsoft Office website.

  4. ha14
    November 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm