Introduction to Microsoft Word and Word Processing

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Microsoft Word is (practically speaking) “identical” on both the Macintosh and Windows computer platforms. Thus we can learn to use the Macintosh version of Word on an IBM compatible and visa-versa. While we will be using Microsoft Word as our word processing program, many of the techniques we’ll cover are applicable on other word processing programs as well.

Most Microsoft programs allow a minimum of 3 different ways to accomplish any single task. It isn’t necessary for you to learn all three. Simply pick the method, which best fits your personality type. I personally like the Hot Keys, which allow me to keep my hands on the keyboard. Please note that Mac and PC Hot Keys are the same except the PC always uses the Control Key Ctrl along with another key and the Mac always uses the Command Key (Apple) Key along with another key. For Example: Undo on the PC is Ctrl+Z: Undo on the Mac is (Apple)Z

Starting and Quitting

Starting Word

Quitting Word

Saving and Loading:

New File


New Open Save

Saving a File: On the Macintosh, Word defaults to saving new files in it’s home directory (ex. Macintosh HD\MSOFFICE\WORD\). On the PC, Word defaults to saving new files to the “My Documents” folder. BowNET users should save all Word files to their “Home” Directories. Word also defaults to saving a file back to where it was loaded from

Opening a File