One of the most basic skills needed in any job is writing reports and letters using Microsoft Word 2016, now available through Office 365. In this course, you will gain the foundational skills you need to make the most of this powerful program.
Through hands-on instructions, you will learn how to add and edit text; move words from one part of your document to another; work on two or more documents simultaneously; and format your text. You will also see how to save, retrieve, copy, organize, and print your documents.
You will learn dozens of 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. If you need to type foreign language characters or symbols, you can do that in Word too.
By using Word's spell and grammar checker, you can catch typos and grammatical mistakes before you print or share your document with others. You will also explore the program's thesaurus feature, which can help you find exactly the right word. 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.
Wallace Wang is the author of over 40 computer books including "Microsoft Office 2019 For Dummies." In addition to writing computer books, he has also co-authored "Breaking Into Acting for Dummies" and ghost written several books about investing in real estate, day trading stocks, and becoming an entrepreneur. Some of his past jobs have included teaching computer science courses at the University of Zimbabwe, performing stand-up comedy, and appearing on a weekly radio show.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
In this introductory lesson, you will learn how to use the different parts of Word 2016'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.
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.