Essays are printed on standard 8.5 x 11 inch paper, which so happens to be the default size of a Word document. All the important information appears on the first page.
Here is what the top of your first page should look like: Now that you roughly know how to start your essay, let’s take a closer look at the finer points of proper formatting.
Also resist the temptation to make your title look fancy by underlining it, adding colour or bold font, or putting it in italics.
All you have to do is centre your title and capitalize key words. Look for these buttons in Word: You might think that justified text looks better, but your instructor will likely disagree.
However, do bear in mind that these style guides are intended for newspapers and what is useful for a newspaper may not be appropriate for your written document.
As with many issues of style, it is all about consistency.
If you really do insist on indenting the first paragraph, make sure you do so every time. Want to make sure your written English is absolutely perfect?
asked me to write about indenting paragraphs in business letters.
Robert Bringhurst, author of The function of a paragraph indent is to mark a pause, setting the paragraph apart from what precedes it.
If a paragraph is preceded by a title or subhead, the indent is superfluous and can therefore be omitted.