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Making a LaTeX document appear as though it were typeset in MS Word

I know this is a travesty in the world of TeX, and an affront to all decent TeX-believing people out there...

But the graders for one of my research papers insist that it be written with 12pt Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, double-spaced (the Microsoft Word defaults). Is there a template I can use for LaTeX to fulfill these specifications?

(This is the exact opposite of Make MS Word document look like it has been typeset in LaTeX.)

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marked as duplicate by doncherry, Daniel, Thorsten, Mico, Brent.Longborough Mar 13 '12 at 17:21

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Use hyperref package with all the possible conflicting packages and probably it will look just like MS Word. :P –  percusse Mar 13 '12 at 15:01
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I'm very happy you understand that it's a travesty. Just to reassure you, I didn't vote to close because of the "travesty", but just because there actually is a duplicate. Keep up the good fight, give your graders two versions - the Microsoft Woad version and some real typography. See if you can get him to lose sleep over keming. –  Brent.Longborough Mar 13 '12 at 17:24
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Those aren't the Microsoft Word defaults. –  Matthew Leingang Mar 13 '12 at 17:48

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You can do this al least in two ways; using the wordlike package:

\PassOptionsToPackage{margin=1in}{geometry}
\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage{wordlike}
\usepackage{lipsum}% just to generate filler text
\usepackage{setspace}
\doublespacing

\begin{document}

\lipsum[1-8]

\end{document}

or, without wordlike, you can use something like this:

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}
\usepackage{mathptmx}
\usepackage[scaled=.90]{helvet}
\usepackage{courier}
\usepackage{lipsum}% just to generate filler text
\usepackage{setspace}
\doublespacing

\begin{document}

\lipsum[1-8]

\end{document}

The geometry package lets you customize the page layout.

The setspace package allows you to achieve double spacing.

The lines

\usepackage{mathptmx}
\usepackage[scaled=.90]{helvet}
\usepackage{courier}

give you the combination Times/Helvetica/Courier.

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