Introduction to Microsoft Word and Word Processing
A word processor is a software program that is used to create a document, store it electronically, display it on a screen, modify it using commands and characters, and print it on a printer. It also processes paragraph indentation, margin size, font type, font size, font color, and spacing within the document being created. Word processors have replaced typewriters since they allow the user to make a change anywhere in the document without having to retype the entire page. Word processors also come equipped with "spell-check" functions eliminating the need for multiple editors and provide an immediate tool for grammatical correction. Some common word processors include Microsoft Word, AbiWord, Word Perfect, and Open Office.
Starting and Quitting
* via Start Menu (PC Only): Click on the START Menu (usually the lower left-hand side of the screen) and select “Microsoft Word” from the “Programs” Folder.
* via the Microsoft Office Manager: The Microsoft Office Manager, is an optional toolbar which floats around on the Window’s desktop. On the Mac, its found as a menu option (near help).
* via the Desktop (Word in the MS Office Folder): Open “My Computer”, open “C:”, open “Programs”, open “Microsoft Office”, and then double click on “Microsoft Word”.
* via Menu: go to the “File” menu and select “Exit”
* via Quit Button: “X” button found on the upper right-hand-side of the Word window.
* via Hot Key (Alt+F4 for PC) ((Apple)+Q for Mac)
Saving and Loading:
New | Open | Save |
* via Menu: Go to the “File” Menu and select “New”.
* via Toolbar: The “New” Tool looks like a blank piece of paper. Click on it to create a new blank document. NOTE: This method of creating a new document does not give you the option on using a wizard.
* via Hot Key (Ctrl)+N
* via Desktop (PC only): Click on the desktop or in a folder with your...