Creating high quality images and embedding all fonts are two requirements of creating a thesis or dissertation. These two requirements will ensure that your document is presented at the highest quality and that the document appears the same on any computer, regardless of the fonts that are available. This tutorial will show how to check and select the conversion settings in Word to make sure your document meets the requirements.
Having bookmarks that replicate the table of contents (TOC) is a helpful feature to navigate a thesis or dissertation. Bookmarks allow the reader to see a TOC wherever they are in the document, and navigate easily to that section of the document. This tutorial will show you how to create bookmarks using Word and Adobe Acrobat on the PC. This tutorial assumes that you are using the Graduate School’s template to create your dissertation or thesis.
Having a table of contents (TOC) with hyperlinks is one requirement of the procedures to submit a thesis or dissertation. Hyperlinks allow a reader to click on any part of your table of contents and navigate directly to that page. This tutorial will show you how to create a hyperlinked table of contents using Word and Adobe Acrobat on the PC.
The Google Calendar makes it easy for you to invite Graduate School staff to a meeting.
To start, log into the Google Calendar with your full MTU e-mail address and password.
Canvas is the learning management system that Michigan Tech uses for classes, and the Graduate School uses to collect theses, dissertations, and reports. This post will explain how to submit an assignment for the Graduate School.
First, log into Canvas with your Michigan Tech ISO ID and password (the same one you use to access Banweb or your e-mail).
In our previous posts, we’ve shown how to apply, edit, and create styles. This tutorial will show you how to display the styles used in your document in draft and outline view. This can help you easily troubleshoot why incorrect items are appearing in your table of contents, for example.
Microsoft Word has a “feature” that compresses your images to 220ppi after saving. This saves file space for your documents, but images at this resolution do not meet Graduate School requirements for printing. This tutorial will show you how to turn off this feature for a single document.
We recommend doing all image editing in a program dedicated to that purpose, such as Photoshop, before inserting images into your Word document. Images must be at least 300ppi unless they are screenshots. Screenshots are only allowed when absolutely necessary to convey the information. All images must also be clear and readable. Increasing the resolution of a low resolution image to 300ppi will not be acceptable.
First, click on the File Button and select “Options” from the left hand menu.
Preflight profiles in Adobe Acrobat® Pro can be used to check properties of a PDF document, as well as make some automatic fixes to them. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use preflight profiles developed by the Graduate School to check the image quality in a PDF file.
To begin, download a preflight profile and save it to your computer. Depending on your browser settings, you might need to right click on the link to save the file to your computer as a *.kfp (or*.xml) file. The Graduate School has created the four below:
- Graduate School All Items will show you all items that have errors (red “x”) or should be examined (yellow exclamation point). It includes checking page size (red “x”), embedded fonts (red “x”), type 3 fonts (red “x”), image quality (yellow exclamation point), and color images (only important if saving printing costs is a concern for you). This is the same checker that the Graduate School uses.
- Graduate School Embedded Fonts will show you all of the fonts that aren’t embedded and where type 3 fonts are used.
- Graduate School Images will show you which images have a resolution below 300ppi.
- Graduate School Color Pages will show you which pages are in color.
When the built in styles don’t meet your needs for formatting paragraphs in Word, you will need to create your own styles. In this example, I will create a style for my paragraphs that contain equations.
Styles apply a common set of formatting to a paragraph within Word. In a previous post, we showed how to apply a style to a paragraph. This tutorial will show two ways to edit an existing style.
First, edit the text as you desire. In the example below, I have edited the text “Introduction” to be a different font (Adobe Garamond Pro Bold) and size (24 point) than the original Heading 1 style. We can tell Heading 1 is applied to this text because it is outlined in orange in the Style section of the ribbon.