In what Microsoft used to call its toolbar area prior to the release of Word 2007 is one of the largest parts of Microsoft Word, the ribbon. This approximately two-inch strip that runs across the top of Microsoft Word houses the tabs, buttons, sections and menu items that make almost everything in Word work. The tabs, which replace the previous file menus, are a clickable way to quickly toggle between functions such as formatting text, inserting images, mail merges and tracking review changes. The ribbon basically blends into the top of the Word workspace. Right-clicking the top of the ribbon brings up a small menu that enables you to perform customizations and minimize the ribbon, but you cannot delete it entirely.
Though Microsoft Word opens by default with a replica of a blank piece of white paper, you can quickly create complex items such as brochures, newsletters and business cards by using Word’s templates. This major part of Word is found by clicking the Office button in the top left corner of the workspace. Click “New,” and then scroll through the list of available templates. Word’s default options show in the main template screen, but there are also options to download from Microsoft Office Online for no charge, although an Internet connection is required. Templates are a way to get up and running on a project quickly, without going through the project setup or dealing with complicated design aspects. You’re still able to customize any Word template with your own images, text and color scheme.
Most users create original documents within Word, but one of Word’s major functions is its ability to facilitate the review process. The Review tab contains multiple ways to edit and alter a document. One way to edit is to use the Track Changes feature, where you can insert and delete characters and words while leaving a auditable trail instead of simply erasing what came before. Also on the Review tab are buttons for commenting....