Template: Article in MS Word style

For a school research project I followed, a small paper needed to be written afterwards. It was required to do this in MS Word, as a template was made that needed to be used. However, as I’m working with LaTeX for quite a while now, I didn’t want to use MS Word. The only option for me was to recreate the prescribed Word format in LaTeX. And now I’d like to share this template with you, as I can imagine I’m not the only one that had a problem like this.

Document setup

The first few thing should be easy, so I’ll just give them:

\documentclass[10pt]{article} 
\usepackage{amsmath,amsfonts,amsthm}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{multicol}

Font

The font was required to be Arial. In LaTeX, this can be changed by added the following lines:

\renewcommand{\rmdefault}{phv}
\renewcommand{\sfdefault}{phv}

Margins and spacing

Also, the margins were defined in the Word format. The geometry package helps with this:

\usepackage[top=1.55cm, bottom=2.29cm, left=1.6cm, right=1.47cm]{geometry}

This is pretty self-explanatory.
The spacings between words, lines and columns was a bit more work. They are summarized and briefly described below:

\setlength{\parindent}{0pt}		% indentation on new paragraph
\setlength{\parskip}{0pt}		% vertical spacing on new paragraph
\setlength{\lineskip}{1pt}		% vertical spacing between lines
\setlength{\columnsep}{1cm}		% spacing between columns
\setlength{\belowcaptionskip}{0pt}	% spacing below captions
\setlength{\abovecaptionskip}{5pt}	% spacong above captions

Headings and sectioning

The last bit of work was customizing the section headers of the article. The sectsty package is used to adjust the \section font size and to add a period after the section number:

\usepackage{sectsty}
\sectionfont{\normalsize}
\makeatletter
   \def\@seccntformat#1{\csname the#1\endcsname.\quad}
\makeatother

Next, the titlesec package is used to adjust the spacing of the section headers, MS Word style:

\usepackage{titlesec}
\titlespacing{\section}{0pt}{6pt}{3pt}

The content

The content of the article, as downloadable below, is filled by making use of the lipsum package. The rest of the content is just LaTeX as you’re used to. So have a look at the .tex file and if something is unclear, feel free to ask or comment below!

The result

Download PDF
Download TEX

Want more?

If there are any templates you like me to add to this section, feel free to contact me.

9 Comments

  1. Ozgur K says:

    It is a punishment to be pressured to use MS Word over Latex for a class project. What a stupid requirement…

  2. Chalk says:

    Maybe the package wordlike ist useful to you.

  3. Retro Aldol says:

    Oh, well. The downloadable files are not the ones described in the post. :(

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