To check margin settings, go to Word menu "Layout" then "Margins". It should be called "Normal" and show 1 inch margins all around.
Font style and size:
Any readable font, where regular and italic have good contrast
Generally 12 point font. MLA states the font size should be "set to a standard size"
To change font of your paper, press Ctrl+A to select all text, then use the drop downs on the "Home" menu, in the "Font" section, to make any needed changes.
Spacing throughout your paper should be double-spaced. This is NOT the Word default, and should be changed in the "Home" menu.
To change line spacing, press Ctrl+A to select all text, then click the up-and-down arrows in the Home menu, in the Paragraph section, to select 2.0.
In the same line spacing menu, also click "Remove space after paragraph".
Paragraphs and tab
Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch from the left margin. This should be the default tab size on Word.
Indent quote blocks half an inch as well, using the "Increase Indent" button with the right-pointing arrow in the Paragraph menu section.
Heading and Title
Begin at the top of the first page, flush with the left margin.
Type your name, your instructor's name(s), the course numbers, and the date, each on separate lines. Double-spaced.
On a new, double-spaced line, use the "Center" button in the Paragraph menu section to center your title. Do NOT put title in quotes, italics, or all caps. Follow title capitalization, capitalizing the first word and all important words. Do not use a period in your title.
Begin your first paragraph one double-spaced line after the title, and return to left-flush margin. Tab to indent your first line a half inch.
Number all pages of your paper, in the upper right-hand corner. In Word, find the automatic page number settings in the "Insert" menu, "Header & Footer" section. Click "Page Number" drop down, move mouse to "Top of Page" and select the number in the top right-hand corner.
When the page number appears on your paper, leave the cursor there and type in your last name. This creates the running header for your paper.
If your instructor prefers no running header on the first page: While your cursor is still in the header area, click the box in the "Desgin" menu "Options" box that says "Different first page". This should take the page number and your last name off the first page, but leave it on the remaining pages.