I’ve never really had trouble applying level 3 headings to my research papers in the past until now. With my final research paper submission approaching, the need for including a table contents (TOC) has made me realized how troublesome inline level 3 headings were. When I applied my level 3 heading styles, it would apply the style to the entire paragraph. Even worse, it would add the entire paragraph to my TOC. After multiple online searches, I couldn’t find any resolutions for this issue. What made things even more difficult was that I use Microsoft Word for Mac, so options like ‘style separators’ don’t exist in my version of Word. Luckily, I figured out a work-around for formatting inline level 3 APA headings using Microsoft Word for Mac; and it only takes 5 simple steps!
Formatting Inline Level 3 APA Headings
Step 1: Apply your body text style to the entire paragraph.
Step 2: Turn on Hidden Characters and place your cursor after your heading and hit the ‘enter/return’ key to create a new paragraph break.
Step 3: Highlight only the paragraph break icon and go to the Format menu and select Font.
Step 4: Check the hidden box to hide the paragraph break icon.
Step 5: Highlight your level 3 heading and apply your Heading 3 style from the Styles menu. Then uncheck ‘show hidden characters’ from the control menu. Voila! You’re all done. 🙂
*Level 3 headings are lowercase, bold face, and indented with a period at the end. Your heading should begin with an uppercase character and your paragraph text will continue after the heading’s period (inline).