Review the guidelines for submitting articles on and

Note:  Microsoft Style Guide - this is the overall style guide reference for Microsoft.

  • headings, titles, and labels: Use sentence case, no ending punctuation.

  • Use the UI style to bold references to user interface controls.

  • Use the User Input or User Input Localizable style to format text that the user types.

  • Capitalize proper nouns (Example: View menu).

  • Use right-angle brackets to trace the path to a command (Accounts > Other accounts > Add an account).

  • Use verbs that can apply equally to keyboard, mouse, pen, or touch (select, choose, or enter; not click or type).

  • Use sentence case for keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+A).

  • Use lowercase for URLs unless it's a friendly name ( Use approved fictitious names for fictitious URLs (

  • Use informal "inline links" to link to other articles rather than "see also's" to specific titles. For example, "You can also use a picture as a watermark." Never use "click here".

  • For tables, use header rows with meaningful column titles.

  • Numbered and bulleted lists should always include more than one list item. When there is only one item to list, use a paragraph.

  • If you include audio or video in the article, it must be closed captioned or have a transcript.

  • Use notes and tips rarely, and don't interrupt the flow with them.

  • Use art and screenshots only when they are necessary to make content clear and easy to grasp.

  • Always use meaningful alt text for images.

  • Images should be no more than 520 pixels wide. For Instant Answers, art should be between 345px and 435px wide.

  • Indent screenshots that go with a procedure directly following the step they apply to.

  • For conceptual art, use high-contrast color combinations, do not put patterns or images behind text, and make sure that multiple cues convey information (color and text, not just color).

  • For screenshots, use a standard theme and use approved fictitious names. Do not show any personal information.

  • Be aware of our global audience - many readers won't understand colloquial phrases or culture-specific references and they may not have access to all websites, or understand the same visual metaphors.

  • Use familiar worldwide images and a diverse set of people and places in examples.

  • Use a worldwide format for dates (Month, dd yyyy) and start calendars on Mondays.

  • Don't include trademark bugs for Microsoft products. Trademark third-party product names at first mention.

  • Don't use product names possessively (Word's) and generally don't abbreviate product names.

  • Make sure you have permission or license to use any quotation, photo, or image not owned by Microsoft. Cite copyrighted information.

  • Don't use language like: bundle, free, new, exclusive.

  • Use "helps protect" or "promotes online privacy" and "follows security guidelines" instead of "protect," "safe," "secure," and so on.

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