For an explanation of why you do these steps, or for more about macros, see the formatting page.
Copy the text you want and paste it into Word. (You can skip the legal info in the Gutenberg texts. It's perfectly legal to do it, as long as you remove all of it, which is easy to do.)
Tip: An easy way to select large blocks of text is to click just before where you want to begin highlighting but DO NOT hold down the mouse button. Next, scroll down to where you want to end highlighting. While holding down the Shift key, click just after where you want to highlight to. Now everything between your two clicks is highlighted. This is much faster than holding the mouse and scrolling down to highlight, when doing a large bit of text.
Select the page layout. Set margins at 0.5", leave a binding allowance, and if you're planning to print half-size, be sure you've selected the correct paper size. (It's often called "statement", or you can define your own size that is 5.5" wide and 8.5" high.)
[If you are making a macro, begin recording here. To find macros, click Tools/Macro, then record.
If you've already done this step and want to play your macro, skip down to "To play a macro later".]
1. Select all text (Click Edit/Select all), and make sure it stays selected through the following steps. You can always select it all again if it comes un-highlighted.
2. Fix Font. (Click Format/Font). I like Times New Roman, 11 point. Also 1.1 line spacing, but I'm not sure if you can do that in Word. If not, regular line spacing is fine, too.
3. Fix Text Alignment. (Click Format/Paragraph). In "General/Alignment" box, select "Justified". This evens up both edges of the text. Leave this box open for the next step.
4. Fix Paragraph Indentation. (Click Format/Paragraph). In "Indentation/Special" box, select "First Line". In the "By" box, type in either 0.125 (1/8"), or 0.25 (1/4"). Click ok.
To Remove Extra Hard Returns:
5. Click "Edit/Replace". In this box, click the "more" button (this expands the box, unless it's already been done.)
6. Click in the "Find what" box, so the cursor is there. Then click the "special" button and select "Paragraph mark" twice. The "Find what" box now says "^p^p".
7. Click in the "Replace with" box, so the cursor is there. Then click the "special" button and select "Tab character". The "Replace with" box now says "^t". Next click "Replace all".
[Each time you click "Replace all", 2 boxes will pop up. In these click 'yes' and 'ok'.]
8. In the "Find what" box, change it to only one paragraph mark, so it now says "^p". In the "Replace with" box, delete what it says and instead type in one space with the spacebar. Next click "Replace all".
9. In the "Find what" box, delete what it says and select "Tab character" so it now says "^t". In the "Replace with" box, delete the space (don't forget that step!) and then select "Paragraph mark" so it now says "^p". Next click "Replace all". Now you can close the Replace box.
[If you were making a macro, stop recording now.
To play a macro later, place cursor at beginning of text, then click Tools/Macro/Run, and find your book macro.]
Finishing touches - Many of these are optional, but doing them can make your book look just that much neater. (This order works well, so you won't have to go back and redo anything.)
You're now ready to print!