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Microsoft Word 2003/2004

Outlining for Quizzes

Word contains useful settings for creating multiple choice quiz questions using the automatic formatting of lists. Rather than typing and pressing the [Tab] key for every line of your outline, Word can automatically do the outlining for you using the different levels and sublevels of bullets or numbered lists. Default settings are available, or you can customize your own. For more information on customizing an outline, refer to Customizing the Settings and Levels.

return to topCreating the Quiz

To create a question, you may use the default outlining settings provided in Word.

  1. From the Format menu, select Bullets and Numbering...
    The Bullets and Numbering dialog box appears.
    Bullets and Numbering dialog box

  2. Select the Outline Numbered tab

  3. Select the option in the second column, first row

  4. Click OK

  5. Type the question

  6. Press [Enter]

  7. On the Formatting toolbar, click INCREASE INDENTIncrease Indent button
    Text is demoted to the next level of the outline.

  8. Type an answer choice

  9. Press [Enter]

  10. Repeat steps 8 & 9 until all answer choices are entered
    Sample Question

  11. Click DECREASE INDENTDecrease Indent button
    Text is promoted to the next level of the outline. You are now ready to type your next question.
    HINT: Pressing [Enter] again will complete the quiz.

  12. Repeat steps 5-11 until all questions are completed

  13. To end the quiz, press [Enter]

return to topOther Helpful Hints

While forming your outline, special needs may arise. You may want to alter a numbered list to restart at the number one at a given point. You may also want to include a non-numbered/lettered line, called a soft return, beneath a numbered/lettered item.

Restarting Numbering with the Number One

  1. Windows: Right click the line number to be restarted » select Restart Numbering
    Macintosh: Press [control] + click the line number to be restarted » select Restart Numbering

Adding a Line without a Number/Letter

To add a line of information without a number/letter, follow these directions:

  1. Place your insertion point at the end of the line before your desired non-numbered line

  2. Press [Shift] + [Enter]

  3. Type the desired information

  4. When finished, press [Enter]
    The next numbered/lettered item appears and you are ready to type the next item.

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