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April 6, 2021

Free Screenplay Template for Word & Docs

Want to write your screenplay without downloading expensive software? Did you know that you can start writing a screenplay with Microsoft Word or Google Docs? No need to purchase expensive software like Final Draft.

We have a convenient free screenplay template for a movie or a TV show for you to download here. You don’t even have to change the font, spacing, margins, or style rules — you can just download our perfectly formatted screenplay template and then open it in Microsoft Word or upload it to your Google Docs account and start writing your screenplay. This is great if you are planing to write a screenplay soon.

DOWNLOAD FREE SCREENPLAY TEMPLATE IN WORD FORMAT

Want to create your own screenplay template for Word or Google Docs?

There’s no need to go through the hassle of adjusting margins, spacing and font in your scripts for movieswhen you’re using Arc Studio's professional screenwriting software (there’s a free version too). But if you want to stick with Word or Google Docs, we’ve based this guide on this scenario and listed step-by-step instructions here:

You can write a script using the style set forth in the instructions below and you can also check our examples.

Step 1: Set your margins

You'll need to gutter option in the margins tab to get your layout correct

You’ll want to make sure your margins are set up correctly for your scene. This might depend on the different devices you use e.g an iPad or a Windows machine. You can do this in Microsoft Word by going to Layout > Size to choose the paper size. Then go to Margins > Custom Margins. Use the settings below for US Letter paper size:

Top: 1 inch
Bottom: 1 inch
Left: 1.5 inches
Right: 0.5 inches

For A4 Paper (Europe), set the margins to:

Top: 1.35 inches
Bottom: 1.35 inches
Left: 1.5 inches
Right: 0.3 inches

Step 2: Set your font to Courier

Google Docs is a great program for writing scripts, if you can get a handle on the formatting

The Hollywood-standard font that all professional screenwriters use is Courier. You can also use Courier New in Google Docs. Be sure to also use this on your title page.

Step 3: Line spacing and indentation

That familiar look of a screenplay comes from the all-important white space which is created by the industry-standard formatting due to line spacing, indentation and centering dialogue on the page. Get this right and you'll smash screenplay formatting which is one of the most important elements for writing a script for screen.

Line Spacing:
The line spacing will establish the white space before or after a line. Press Ctrl + A (or Cmd + A on a Mac) to select all, then set the line spacing Exactly 12 points (or Exactly 1 in Google Docs). In Microsoft Word go to Home > Line Spacing Options from the Line Spacing menu. In Google Docs: Go to Format > Line spacing > Custom spacing.

Alignment:
Most text in a screenplay is aligned to the left, which is the default for Word and Google Docs. The important exception to this is transition lines, which align to the right.

Step 5: Title page and page numbers

Page numbers are important when it comes to the screenplay format so that collaborating writers or filmmakers can reference and find certain pages in development or production. Page numbers should be in in Courier font. In Microsoft Word: Open Insert tab > Page Number. Change position of the page number to Top of page and turn off the Show number on first page option, because you don’t want it on the title page. After clicking OK, double-click your page number to change font and size to 12 point Courier.

To do this in Google Docs, click Insert > Page Numbers and select the second option to show numbers after the first page. People like directors and agents will be able to find this easily when they look over your work.

Save your screenplay format as a template

You’re done! Now you can write a screenplay, large or small! You can save it as a template in Microsoft Word. Simply go to File > Save as Template. While you can’t save it as a template in Google Docs, you can create a copy of the document for each screenplay you want to write. This makes writing a screenplay easy work.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. If you want to skip all these steps and automate professional screenplay formatting, sign up for Arc Studio for free here! This is a sure way to get ahead with your screenplays in this industry.

Want more tips on screenwriting?

Congrats on getting started! Now for the good newsL setting up your script can be the hardest part. Now that you've got that settled, it's time to start creating your first character andwriting with screenwriting software Arc Studio Pro. Once you have your initial idea, it's essential to outline your script. Luckily, there are different ways to structure your script, such as the three or five-act story structure. Choose what's best for your story.

Are you looking for inspiration? Check out these blogs:

10 Ways to Come Up with Screenwriting Ideas

How to Come Up with Short Film Ideas

If you are just starting your first script, perhaps these blogs may be helpful as well:

Set Up Your Workflow for Productive Screenwriting

Becoming a Productive Screenwriter in 8 Steps

3 Screenwriting Productivity Hacks to Finish Your Script

Happy writing!

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