Knowing how to write reports and letters using Microsoft Word is a basic skill needed in nearly any job. This powerful word-processing program lets you professionally type, edit, format, spell check, and print documents.
In this course, you will master all the basics of Microsoft Word. You will learn how to add, move through, and edit text; move words from one part of your document to another; work on two or more documents simultaneously; change the size or appearance of text; change margins and tab settings; automatically center, right align, justify, and indent text; use tools such as the grammar checker, spell checker, and thesaurus; and save, retrieve, copy, organize, and print your documents.
You will also learn dozens of different ways to modify the appearance and content of your documents by adjusting page margins, paragraph tab settings, and line spacing to create great-looking documents quickly and easily. By the time you’re done with the step-by-step lessons and hands-on activities in this course, you will be able to use Word confidently at home or on the job.
In this introductory lesson, you will learn how to use the different parts of Word 2013’s user interface, how to look at your document from different types of views, how to zoom in and out to magnify or shrink your text, and how to change the margins of individual paragraphs.
TYPING AND NAVIGATION
The whole purpose of Word is to let you create and edit text. This lesson introduces the basics of moving the insertion point and deleting text. By knowing the pros and cons of navigating through a document with the keyboard and mouse, you can use both to help you work faster in Word.
In this lesson, you will learn how to save the documents you create in Word. You will also learn how to rename, copy, and even delete any files you have created, so you will always be in complete control of all the files you create.
EDITING, CUTTING, AND PASTING
After you’ve typed some text in a Word document, you may need to edit that text. This lesson focuses on editing text. The easiest way to edit text is to delete it, but a more sophisticated way to edit text is to copy text and paste a duplicate of that text in another location.
WORKING WITH MULTIPLE DOCUMENTS
Most people use Word to view and edit a single document at a time, but Word actually lets you open and view two or more documents at the same time. This lesson will teach you how to open, switch between, and view multiple documents.
TEXT FORMATTING AND ALIGNMENT
Once you know how to add, delete, copy, and move text, the next step to modifying your document is to change the physical appearance of your text. You can make text appear in different colors or background highlighting, change text size and alignment, and even modify fonts.
Most people use Word to print letters and reports. In this lesson, you will learn about the different ways you can print a document, such as portrait orientation or landscape orientation. With Word’s ability to print on different types of paper sizes and orientation, you can create more than just typical documents.
MARGINS, TABS, AND PAGE NUMBERING
By knowing how to set and use margins, you can modify an entire document or just a single page. By using tabs, you can modify how individual paragraphs look on a page. Finally, you will also learn how to add page numbers to the top or bottom of a page to keep track of page order.
Word provides ways to change the appearance of a paragraph’s first line, line spacing within a paragraph, and line spacing between paragraphs. In addition, Word lets you create bullet and number lists, so you can display short bits of information in a visual manner.
For important documents, you may even need to collaborate with others. To keep track of all the changes multiple authors may make to a single document, Word offers a Track Changes feature, so you can see exactly what and who changed the document.
With Word, you can press different types of keystrokes or search and click the symbol you want to use. This lets you add practically any type of unusual character to your documents. Word lets you type practically anything you want, regardless of the limitation of the keys on your keyboard.
MAKING A WORD DOCUMENT PRETTY AND ORGANIZED
Finally, you can use outlines to organize your text and quickly move chunks of text within a document just by rearranging an outline heading. By learning these advanced features of Word, you can make each document display text in the most appealing way possible.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course must be taken on a PC. It is not suitable for Mac users.
- Windows 7 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
- Microsoft Word 2013.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.