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

I am typesetting a document in LaTeX for which I have been given exact specifications that are intended for an MS Word-processed document (single-sided, single-spaced, 0.75 inch margins, no more than 60 lines per page, no more than 15 characters per inch (including punctuation, spaces, and symbols), 12 point Arial or Helvetica). I need to adhere rigorously to these guidelines and to make the document look reasonably "Word-like". I have little experience setting these parameters in LaTeX as the default typesetting scheme is nearly always satisfactory. I've been a bit overwhelmed by the degrees of freedom available in LaTeX; for instance, to set margins with the geometry package, the parameters that can be defined include hscale, vscale, width, height, lines, left, right, top, bottom, hmargin, vmargin, etc., and it is not entirely apparent which of these settings will give 1 inch marigns as defined by MS Word.

The following settings represent my initial attempt to ensure rigid conformity to the specified guidelines:

    \documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage[tmargin=0.75in,bmargin=0.75in,lmargin=0.75in,rmargin=0.75in]{geometry}
\renewcommand{\rmdefault}{phv}
\renewcommand{\sfdefault}{phv}


Could anyone tell me if the above are good solutions to margins, font face (Arial), and font size (12 pt)? I do not know if LaTeX 12 pt is equivalent to Word 12 pt -- I have read that the two metrics are non-equivalent. I do not know how to ensure the requirements for cpi (without verifying with a ruler), lines per page (without counting), or single spacing (this implies Word-defined single spacing). Lastly I wish to avoid the large size of and whitespace surrounding section headers. Essentially, I need to typeset a document that looks Word-like, but do not have Word nor do I wish to use it..

I would appreciate guidance on how to typeset my document. The ideal solution would be specific enough to this question that I successfully meet the aforementioned guidelines, and general enough that others who have a similar question in the future are able to adapt the response to their own formatting requirements. Cheers.

There is wordlike.

• Thanks; this was also mentioned in the comments appended to my question. I would prefer to set parameters individually rather than use this package. But thanks again for the suggestion. – user001 Dec 29 '11 at 11:43

I wrote a LaTeX template to imitate the features I use most often in Word. The code is below, and here's a blog post I wrote about it, which includes a sample PDF.

\documentclass[12pt]{article}

% Emulate MS Word
\usepackage{wordlike}

% One inch margins
\PassOptionsToPackage{margin=1in}{geometry}

% Remove footnote indentation
\usepackage[hang,flushmargin]{footmisc}

% Add extra blank line between paragraphs, and remove paragraph indentation
\usepackage[parfill]{parskip}
\parskip = 2\baselineskip

% Double spacing
\usepackage{setspace}
\setstretch{2}

\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\pagestyle{fancy}

% Add space between text and footnotes section
\setlength{\skip\footins}{0.5in}

% Add a space before the footnote mark
\let\myfootnote\footnote
\renewcommand{\footnote}[1]{\myfootnote{~#1}}

% Don't justify along the right margin
\raggedright

% Generate placeholder text
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.\footnote{Curabitur
molestie nisl at turpis pretium facilisis.} Nunc ullamcorper turpis sit amet
ipsum elementum ultricies. Nam venenatis leo id nunc consequat elementum.
Donec consectetur velit vel felis aliquet et iaculis nunc euismod.  Etiam sed
nibh nulla. Fusce tortor elit, laoreet vitae pellentesque
consectetur.\footnote{Feugiat in nulla.}

\lipsum[2-5]

\end{document}

• Welcome to TeX.sx! – mafp May 7 '13 at 23:40
• I'd suggest using the ragged2e package instead of \raggedright. – mbork May 7 '13 at 23:49

I know this is an old question but I spent a few days on making a Tex document look more Word-like, and I thought this might be useful for some. This is a baseline that doesn't use the wordlike package. To me, what makes a Word document is the margin and most importantly, the Calibri font.

I have commented every package used.

\documentclass[12pt]{article}

\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry} %change margins for wider text
\usepackage{graphicx,wrapfig,subfig}%include images, floating images with text-wrap, and images next to one another

\usepackage{fontspec}%to change fonts
\setmainfont{montserrat}%a Calibri-lookalike

\usepackage{caption,anyfontsize}%adjusting the font size of captions
\makeatletter
\makeatother

\usepackage{setspace} %required to change the spacing
\doublespacing %double spacing of text
\usepackage{boxedminipage} %for text-boxes
\pagestyle{fancy}

\usepackage{lipsum}%just for the MWE
\begin{document}
\section{Section}
\subsection{Subsection}
\begin{wrapfigure}{R}{0.45\textwidth}
\includegraphics[width=0.45\textwidth]{example-image-a}
\caption{\label{img0}Caption of example image}
\end{wrapfigure}
\lipsum[1]
\end{document}


Output:

For Arial, just use XeTeX + fontspec. You should be able to screw around with typesize using a cople of options, but I can't remember them off the top of my head and they might not use pt.