Note: This was originally written for Yael to teach her teachers how to teach using a word procesor. Sadly, it has come up again.
Daddy asked what I was going to work on today. I told him a paper. Then I started telling him about how I had to type it. Two spaces after a period. "Wrong." Said Daddy. "It is one space and always one space. It has been all of your life." Two spaces are for typewriters.
I need to type in 16 point type. Then switch to no bigger than 14 to turn in. That way it is easier to read. "Wrong." Said Daddy. "That is what zoom is for." You make things bigger on the screen with zoom.
I need to remember to type in double space. "Wrong." Said Daddy. "You type in single space to write your paper. If your teacher wants it turned in double spaced, open it up, switch to double space, and then print it.
I need to leave a space and indent the first word. "Yes, if you are using a pen." New paragraphs are either indented or separated by a line break, but not both. Line breaks are easier to read and most commonly used today.
For business writing most people use full justification. It looks better in print. This page is left justified because it needs to be read on different browsers and that works better online.
Centering, right justification, and indents are done with the paragraph and/or tab settings. Tab, tab, tab, space, space, space, will never, ever, ever work right, especially when printed.
What is the final output going to be? The old rule was sans serif fonts for screens and sarif fonts for paper. That is fading. But stick to readable fonts.
Also see More Rules for Word Processing
That is the bad side of having geeky parents. They know how to use Office way better than my teachers.
It is always one space after a period. (Slate.com)
How to zoom in or out in a document. (Office.Microsoft.com)
How to adjust line spacing. (Office.Microsoft.com)
And a Bonus
I hate Comic Sans