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Thesis and Dissertation

Directions on Form, Preparation, and Submission of the Final Copies of Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

List of Figures

The List of Figures allows readers to quickly and easily navigate to those pages containing charts and images that are of interest to them. To save yourself some time in making your List of Figures, be sure that you use font styles. 


NOTE:  You do not have to provide a List of Figures if you have fewer than 5 figures.


  • Appropriately formatted.
  • Lists all figures in the document except those listed in any Appendices.
  • All titles match what appears in the text exactly.
  • All page numbers are correct.

How it Should Look

Non-Template Instructions


  1. Lower case Roman Number (iii), centered, bottom of page.

  2. Margins:  Left margin 1.5 inch.  Top, Right, Bottom 1 inch.

  3. Font: 12 pt.  Use same font style throughout document.

  4. Title:  LIST OF FIGURES -- ALL CAPS, bold, centered on first line.  (Use CHPT_HD font style).

  5. On the next line, change the justification to Justify.  This is the fourth justification selection on the right side of the Right Justify button.  It looks like four equal-sized lines stacked on top of each other.  This will force the text to evenly space itself between the margins.

    •              flush left, right, center, justified    arrow 

  6. Use RegText to type these two words:  Figure Page

  7. Place your cursor in front of the word Page.  Use the Tab key on your keyboard to force the word Page to move as far right as possible.  When Page goes onto the next line, stop, and use the Backspace key until it is on the same line as Figure.  Use your spacebar to move Page as far over to the right as you can without moving it onto the next line.




Next, you must set a font style.

  1. Click on the down arrow on the far right side of the visual Style Gallery.

                      style gallery  


  1. Click Create a Style.  This opens a Create New Style from Formatting window.

  2. Change the name to Figure title.

  3. Click Modify

  4. Under Formatting:

    • Select your chosen font from the drop-down menu (i.e. Times New Roman).

    • Set it to 12 pt.

    • Left justified.

    • Single-spaced.

  5. Click on Format in the bottom left-hand corner of the window.

  6. Select Font.

  7. Under Effects, make sure that no options are checked.

  8. Click OK.  Click OK again.

  9. You should now see your new style named Figure title in the Style Gallery.



  1. Click on the Reference tab.

  2. Click on Insert Table of Figures in the Captions section.

  3. Under General, make sure that Caption label is set to Figure.

  4. Also make sure that Include label and number is unchecked.

  5. Click on Modify.  This shows a preview of the font that will be used to create your List of Figures.

  6. Click on Modify.

  7. Under Formatting, change the font style so that it matches the font used in the rest of your document: 

    • 12 pt.

    • Left justified

    • Double-spaced

  8. Click on the Format button, and select Paragraph from the dropdown menu.

  9. Under Indentation, make sure that Left is set to 0.3

  10. Click Ok, Ok, Ok, and Ok to close all of the windows. 

  11. Don’t be surprised if the following appears:  No table of figures entries found.  This will be replaced with your figure titles as you start inserting them into your document.

  12. When finished, click on the Insert tab and click on Page Break to start a new section.


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