How to Create an Abbreviation List in Microsoft Word

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Microsoft Word offers users many different options to format documents. The ability to make a list of abbreviations for easy reference lies in the ability to create indexes within Word. To create an index requires minimal steps. Once the index is created, you can reference it and add it to the end of your document. This will allow others to see what the abbreviations stand for when presenting a report.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Create your Word document. Once finished, locate the abbreviation to begin a list.

  2. 2

    Select the abbreviation and the meaning. Press the "Alt," "Shift" and "X" key on the keyboard at the same time. This will bring up the Index options. Click "Mark" to save the abbreviation.

  3. 3

    Repeat the process for each abbreviation you want to add to the list.

  4. 4

    Place the cursor at the end of the document. Go to "Insert" then "Reference." Select "Index and Tables." Select the "Index" tab and click "OK."

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