If you discovered that your term paper is a bit shorter than the minimum number of pages required, you can "pad" your paper by using the "Period-14" trick. This simple trick will make any paper or essay that you have to write for school noticeably longer. Teachers and professors usually won't be able to tell the difference between your paper and a "normal" paper. The instructions are for Microsoft Word. However, the procedure is similar in other word processing applications.
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After completing your writing assignment in the word processor application of your choice, go to the "Edit" menu and select "Replace" from the drop-down menu. The Find and Replace dialog appears.
In the "Find what" box, type "."
In the "Replace with" box, type "."
Click the "More" button. More options subsequently appear.
Select the "Format" button at the bottom of the dialog.
Select "Font" from the drop-down menu.
Select font-size "14" (If your paper assignment requires the main body of your text to be something other than 12-point font, select two font sizes above the required size. For example, if your instructor wants you to write in 10-point font, select font-size 12 for your new periods). Click "OK."
Click the "Replace All" button. In Microsoft Word, a dialog will prompt you how many replacements it made. Click "OK." Your paper should be noticeably longer. Bear in mind that the more periods you have, the longer your paper will appear.
As promised, here are a few tips to help double the length of any essay.
All of these statistics/instructions are for Microsoft Word 2007, but they apply equally well to older versions of Word or OpenOffice.
Replace All the Periods
Increase in size:42.9%
How to do it: Go to edit->replace and place a period (.) in both boxes. Highlight the period in the "replace with" box, and click on "more" in the lower-right hand corner. Then click format->font.
Under "size," increase the font-size significantly – I used 16 in this example.
Click OK, then hit "replace all."
Increase the Paragraph Spacing
Increase in size:21.6%
How to do it: Higlight everything (edit->select all), right-click->Paragraph. Set "Line Spacing" to multiple, and set it to something between 2 and 3 (or between 1 and 2 if it’s a single-spaced essay). I set it to 2.5 for this example.
Change the Font Size
Increase in size:9.1%
How to do it: The font size is right next to the font face, at the top. After highlighting everything, increase it by up to a whole point – I set it a half-point larger (11.5) for this example.
Use a Different Font
Increase in size:9.1%
How to do it: Highlight everything, and just change the font from something other than the default, Calibri. I changed it to the old default, Times New Roman (12 pt font), for the 9.1% increase, but there are probably other similiar-looking fonts that will increase that even more.
Change the Margins
Increase in size:7.2%
How to do it: Go to Page Layout->Margins->Custom and increase the margins. They default to 1" all around – I changed it to 1.15" all around.
Change the Character Spacing
Increase in size:7.1%
How to do it: Select everything (ctrl+a), then right-click->Font->Character Spacing. Change the spacing to something small (Half a point or less). I use 0.3pt
All effects put together:
Increase in size:114.5% (over double!)