ms word 2007 course tutorial
Getting started with ms word 2007
When you begin to explore Word 2007 you will notice a new look to the menu bar. There are three features that you should remember as you work within Word 2007: the Microsoft Office Button, the Quick Access Toolbar, and the Ribbon. These three features contain many of the functions that were in the menu of previous versions of Word. The functions of these three features will be more fully explored below.
The Microsoft Office Button
The Microsoft Office button performs many of the functions that were located in the File menu of older versions of Word. This button allows you to create a new document, open an existing document, save or save as, print, send (through email or fax), publish or close.
The Ribbon is the panel at the top portion of the document. It has seven tabs: Home, Insert, Page Layout, References, Mailings, Review, and View that contain many new and existing features of Word. Each tab is divided into groups. The groups are logical collections of features designed to perform functions that you will utilize in developing or editing your Word document. Commonly used features are displayed on the Ribbon, to view additional features within each group, click on the arrow at the bottom right of each group.
Each of the tabs contains the following tools:
Home: Clipboard, Fonts, Paragraph, Styles, and Editing.
Insert: Pages, Tables, Illustrations, Links, Header & Footer, Text, and Symbols
Page Layout: Themes, Page Setup, Page Background, Paragraph, Arrange
References: Table of Contents, Footnote, Citation & Bibliography, Captions, Index, and Table of Authorities
Mailings: Create, Start Mail Merge, Write & Insert Fields, Preview Results, Finish
Review: Proofing, Comments, Tracking, Changes, Compare, Protect
View: Document Views, Show/Hide, Zoom, Window, Macros
Quick Access Toolbar
The quick access toolbar is a customizable toolbar that contains commands that you may want to use. You can place the quick access toolbar above or below the ribbon. To change the location of the quick access toolbar, click on the arrow at the end of the toolbar and click on Show Below the Ribbon.
You can also add items to the quick access toolbar. Right click on any item in the Office Button or the Ribbon and click on Add to Quick Access Toolbar and a shortcut will be added to the Quick Access Toolbar.
Create a New Document
There are several ways to create new documents, open existing documents, and save documents in Word:
- Click the Microsoft Office Button and Click New or
- Press CTRL+N (Depress the CTRL key while pressing the “N”) on the keyboard
You will notice that when you click on the Microsoft Office Button and Click New, you have many choices about the types of documents you can create. If you wish to start from a blank document, click Blank. If you wish to start from a template you can browse through your choices on the left, see the choices on center screen, and preview the selection on the right screen.
Opening an Existing Document
- Click the Microsoft Office Button and Click Open, or
- Press CTRL+O (Depress the CTRL key while pressing the “O”) on the keyboard, or
- If you have recently used the document you can click the Microsoft Office Button and click the name of the document in the Recent Documents section of the window Insert picture of recent docs
Saving a Document
- Click the Microsoft Office Button and Click Save or Save As (remember, if you’re sending the document to someone who does not have Office 2007, you will need to click the Office Button, click Save As, and Click Word 97-2003 Document), or
- Press CTRL+S (Depress the CTRL key while pressing the “S”) on the keyboard, or
- Click the File icon on the Quick Access Toolbar
To rename a Word document while using the program:
- Click the Office Button and find the file you want to rename.
- Right-click the document name with the mouse and select Rename from the shortcut menu.
- Type the new name for the file and press the ENTER key.
Working on Multiple Documents
Several documents can be opened simultaneously if you are typing or editing multiple documents at once. All open documents will be listed in the View Tab of the Ribbon when you click on Switch Windows. The current document has a checkmark beside the file name. Select another open document to view it.
There are many ways to view a document in Word.
- Print Layout: This is a view of the document as it would appear when printed. It includes all tables, text, graphics, and images.
- Full Screen Reading: This is a full view length view of a document. Good for viewing two pages at a time.
- Web Layout: This is a view of the document as it would appear in a web browser.
- Outline: This is an outline form of the document in the form of bullets.
- Draft: This view does not display pictures or layouts, just text.
To view a document in different forms, click the document views shortcuts at the bottom of the screen or:
- Click the View Tab on the Ribbon
- Click on the appropriate document view.
Close a Document
To close a document:
- Click the Office Button
- Click Close
Word 2007 offers a wide range of customizable options that allow you to make Word work the best for you. To access these customizable options:
- Click the Office Button
- Click Word Options
These features allow you to personalize your work environment with language, color schemes, user name and allow you to access the Live Preview feature. The Live Preview feature allows you to preview the results of applying design and formatting changes without actually applying it.
This feature allows you to modify how the document content is displayed on the screen and when printed. You can opt to show or hide certain page elements.
This feature allows you personalize how word corrects and formats your text. You can customize auto correction settings and have word ignore certain words or errors in a document.
This feature allows you personalize how your document is saved. You can specify how often you want auto save to run and where you want the documents saved.
This feature allows you to specify options for editing, copying, pasting, displaying, printing and saving.
Customize allows you to add features to the Quick Access Toolbar. If there are tools that you are utilizing frequently, you may want to add these to the Quick Access Toolbar.
Typing and inserting Text
To enter text, just start typing! The text will appear where the blinking cursor is located. Move the cursor by using the arrow buttons on the keyboard or positioning the mouse and clicking the left button. The keyboard shortcuts listed below are also helpful when moving through the text of a document:
Beginning of the line
End of the line
Top of the document
End of the document
To change any attributes of text it must be highlighted first. Select the text by dragging the mouse over the desired text while keeping the left mouse button depressed, or hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard while using the arrow buttons to highlight the text. The following table contains shortcuts for selecting a portion of the text:
double-click within the word
triple-click within the paragraph
Several words or lines
drag the mouse over the words, or hold down SHIFT while using the arrow keys
choose Editing | Select | Select All from the Ribbon, or press CTRL+A
Deselect the text by clicking anywhere outside of the selection on the page or press an arrow key on the keyboard.
Inserting Additional Text
Text can be inserted in a document at any point using any of the following methods:
- Type Text: Put your cursor where you want to add the text and begin typing
- Copy and Paste Text: Highlight the text you wish to copy and right click and click Copy, put your cursor where you want the text in the document and right click and click Paste.
- Cut and Paste Text: Highlight the text you wish to copy and right click and click Cut, put your cursor where you want the text in the document and right click and click Paste.
- Drag Text: Highlight the text you wish to move, click on it and drag it to the place where you want the text in the document.
You will notice that you can also use the Clipboard group on the Ribbon.
Rearranging Blocks of Text
To rearrange text within a document, you can utilize the Clipboard Group on the Home Tab of the Ribbon.
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- Move text: Cut and Paste or Drag as shown above
- Copy Text: Copy and Paste as above or use the Clipboard group on the Ribbon
- Paste Text: Ctrl + V (hold down the CTRL and the “V” key at the same time) or use the Clipboard group to Paste, Paste Special, or Paste as Hyperlink
Deleting Blocks of Text
Use the BACKSPACE and DELETE keys on the keyboard to delete text. Backspace will delete text to the left of the cursor and Delete will erase text to the right. To delete a large selection of text, highlight it using any of the methods outlined above and press the DELETE key.
Search and Replace Text
To find a particular word or phrase in a document:
- Click Find on the Editing Group on the Ribbon
- To find and replace a word or phrase in the document, click Replace on the Editing Group of the Ribbon.
To undo changes:
- Click the Undo Button on the Quick Access Toolbar
A style is a format enhancing tool that includes font typefaces, font size, effects (bold, italics, underline, etc.), colors and more. You will notice that on the Home Tab of the Ribbon, that you have several areas that will control the style of your document: Font, Paragraph, and Styles.
Change Font Typeface and Size
To change the font typeface:
- Click the arrow next to the font name and choose a font.
- Remember that you can preview how the new font will look by highlighting the text, and hovering over the new font typeface.
To change the font size:
- Click the arrow next to the font size and choose the appropriate size, or
- Click the increase or decrease font size buttons.
Font Styles and Effects
Font styles are predefined formatting options that are used to emphasize text. They include: Bold, Italic, and Underline. To add these to text:
- Select the text and click the Font Styles included on the Font Group of the Ribbon, or
- Select the text and right click to display the font tools
Change Text Color
To change the text color:
- Select the text and click the Colors button included on the Font Group of the Ribbon, or
- Highlight the text and right click and choose the colors tool.
- Select the color by clicking the down arrow next to the font color button.
Highlighting text allows you to use emphasize text as you would if you had a marker. To highlight text:
- Select the text
- Click the Highlight Button on the Font Group of the Ribbon, or
- Select the text and right click and select the highlight tool
- To change the color of the highlighter click on down arrow next to the highlight button.